General Chemistry

Name: General Chemistry
Code: QUI1090L
Duration: 15 weeks/156 hours
Scientific Area: Chemistry

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese, English
Regime de Frequência: Presencial


This course introduces the fundamental concepts and principles of chemistry and gives an overview of the importance of chemistry in society.

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

To know and understand the concepts and principles of chemistry.
To know and understand the importance of chemistry in the society and the central role it plays in explanation and interpretation of phenomena in many scientific and technological fields.


1. Constitution of matter
2. Periodic table
3. Chemical bonding
4. States of aggregation of matter
5. Solutions
6. Chemical thermodynamics
7. Chemical equilibrium
8. Equilibrium in heterogeneous systems
9. Ionic equilibria in homogeneous systems: acid-base
10. Electrochemistry
11. (Optional Chapter)
Chemistry of life
Chemical corrosion
Chemical kinetics

Teaching Methods

The teaching/learning process is based on the individual work of the students, supported by the recommended bibliography and notes taken during the classes or on individual research. In the lecture classes, the program topics will be exposed, commented and discussed. In the theoretical-practical classes, application problems will be proposed to the students. In practical laboratory classes, the students will execute simple works that implement examples of the theoretical contents and introduce the student to the laboratory work.

The continuous assessment is done by the completion of two partial tests with equal weights. In the final evaluation regime, the student performs a single exam that covers the entire subject. The resulting mark is the mark of the theoretical part of the discipline (NT).
The mark of the practical part (NP) results from the evaluation of the reports and the performance in the laboratory.
The final mark (NF) results from the weighted average NF=0.7*NT+0.3*NP

Recommended Reading

Recommended or required reading

1 - Atkins, P.; e Jones, L., Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight, 2ª Ed., W. H. Freeman and Company, New York, 2002.

2 - Chang, R., Química. 5ª Ed., McGraw-Hill, 1994.

3 - Reger, D.; Goode S. e Mercer, E., Química: Conceitos e Princípios, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa, 1997.

4 - Brady, J., Russell, J., Holum, J., Chemistry, Matter and its changes, 3ª Ed., J. Wiley & Sons, New York, 1999.

5 - Kotz, J.; Treichel, P., Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity, 3ª Ed., Saunders College Pub., 1996.

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