Fundamentals of Chemistry

Jacek Wojaczyński D.Sc
Number of hours: 
4h X 15 weeks = 60 hours (1 semester)
Number of hours: 
6h X 15 weeks = 90 hours (1 semester)
Number of hours: 
3h X 15 weeks = 45 hours (1 semester)

Acquiring basic terms and laws of chemistry and the ability of applying them. Assimilating knowledge required to participate in the courses of inorganic, analytical, physical, and organic chemistry. Getting the ability to analyze basic chemical problems and performing calculations based on stoichiometry of chemical processes, calculation and conversion of concentrations, pH of aqueous solutions.
Acquired Knowledge:
Student is in possession of general knowledge of chemistry, knows the basic concepts and chemical theories,
in particular:
Knows and is able to use the basic chemical terminology
Knows and understands the structure of matter - atoms and molecules - and knows related rules
Knows the ways of expressing coomposition of mixtures
Knows the theories of acids and bases and understands pH
Understand the electrolytic dissociation
Understands the basics of electrochemistry, thrmochemistry and chemical kinetics
is in the possession of basic aspects of the construction and of scientific equipment
Knows the basic lab techniques used to perform chemical reactions, separation and purificaction of substances and their analysis
Acquired Skills:
Student is able to analyze the problems in the range of chemistry and find solutions to them, based on assimilated theorems and methods,
in particular:
Is able to evaluate the results of experiments and relates them to the literature data
Prepares reports on the performed experiments
Knows how to balance chemical reactions
Performs calculations related to basic chemical terms and laws, stoichiometry of chemical reactions, concentrations of solutions and pH
Learning: rules of work in a chemical laboratory, a use of typical glassware, basic laboratory techniques; carrying out and observation of chemical reactions, preparing reports.


lecture: written examination (50%), oral examination (30%), short tests during a semester (10%),attendance (10%)
laboratory: written tests before exercises, exercise performing, reports
seminar: 2 written exams, each with the requirement of minimum 51%; oral answer (during a semester)


Basic knowledge of chemistry, physics and matemathics (secondary school level)

  • Fundamental chemical laws. Elements, chemical compounds, mixtures
  • Definitions: mole, molar mass, atomic number, mass number, concentrations
  • Chemical reactions - classification, stoichiometry
  • Structure of atom, orbitals, electron configuration, Pauli's principle, Hund's rule
  • Periodic table, periodicity
  • Chemical bonds, electronegativity
  • Hybridization, symmetry of molecules, VSEPR theory
  • Intermolecular interactions, physical states, phase transitions
  • Solutions and solubility
  • Water, dissociation, acids and bases, pH
  • Chemical equilibrium
  • Energetics of chemcal reactions, criteria for spotanouos processes
  • Rates of chemical reactions
  • Fundamentals of electrochemistry
  • Nuclear reactions