Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques (to qualify as a biomedical laboratory worker) (Verona)

Structure and Function of Biomolecules - CHIMICA E PROPEDEUTICA BIOCHIMICA

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Name of lecturer
Giovanni Gotte
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lez 1 anno 1 semestre TLB dal Oct 5, 2015 al Dec 20, 2015.

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Lesson timetable

lez 1 anno 1 semestre TLB

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Learning outcomes

The Chemistry course provide knowledge of the main notions of General and Organic Chemistry. The scientific method is strongly underlined to explain also phenomenon possibly applied in the laboratories. Further attention is spent for notions preparatory for the study of the Biochemistry.


-Matter: aggregation states, energy, intensive and extensive properties.
-Atom: atomic theory, atomic weight. Inside the atom: protons, neutrons, electrons. Orbital wave function. Quantum numbers and periodic properties. Connection between micro- and macroscopic levels: the mole.
-Chemical bond: ionic, covalent, weak bonds: hydrogen bond and hints of hydrophobic interactions. The ‘noble gas’ or octet rule.
-States of the matter: The law of ideal gases; real gases; vapour pressure; liquids and solutions; hints of solids.
-Chemical reactions: syntheses, swapping; acid-base and pH, redox reactions; examples of biochemistry redox reactions.
-Chemical equilibrium: in aqueous solution or not; the amphoteric nature of water. Connection between Keq and deltaG.
-Thermodynamics and kinetics: principles of thermodynamics and spontaneous, or not, reactions. Kinetic theory of collisions, activation energy and catalysis.
-Organic chemistry: the chemistry of carbon; hybridation of the carbon orbitals; stereochemistry; structure, nomenclature, functional groups of the oxygenated organic compounds, and reactivity of them. Aromatic compounds: structure and reactions. Nitrogen compounds and and most important reactions.

Assessment methods and criteria

7 multiple choice preliminary tests to deal with an oral exam. This is if no more than 2 errors are presenti in the written text.


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