This module provides an introduction to basic physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. The arrangement of elements in the Periodic Table and the naming system for simple ionic and molecular compounds is explained. The nature of chemical bonding is explored. The concept of the mole is introduced and applied to chemical reactions and to solution concentration. Serial dilution as well as volumetric analysis calculations are explained.  Chemical kinetics such as the rate of chemical reactions and the rate law are investigated. The theory of equilibrium reactionism LeChatelier principle as well as acids and bases is introduced, and the calculation of pH and pOH is explained. The structure and naming system of organic functional groups is outlined, and some of their reactions introduced. A range of practical skills relevant to the practise of chemistry are developed in the laboratory.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Name simple ionic and molecular compounds.

  2. Write balanced chemical reaction equations.

  3. Perform a variety of calculations required to perform experiments and interpret results in the laboratory.

  4. Name, identify and draw structures of small organic molecules containing a range of functional groups.

  5. Use laboratory apparatus for basic inorganic and organic chemistry reactions and to carry out analytical techniques.

% Coursework 60%
% Final Exam 40%