General Chemistry

Academic year
Subject Area
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

Teaching methodologies:
Classical lectures with presentation of the matters by the teacher and their discussion with the students, in the theoretical classes.
Practical classes for solving exercises.

Learning Outcomes

This curricular unit aims to give students theoretical knowledge of different areas of chemistry important to the degree in Biomedical Engineering. It covers the teaching of matter composition, the fundamentals of chemical energy, solutions and colligative properties, chemical equilibrium in solutions, homogeneous and oxidationreduction, chemical kinetics and molecular spectroscopy together with basic knowledge in organic chemistry.
General and specific skills:
1. to have the knowledge and ability to understand: how to recognize and use theories and concepts; how to analyze and summarize information
2. Applying knowledge and understanding: Apply knowledge to address problems
3. Realization of judgment / decision making: Process and interpret quantitative data
4. Communication: to understand and use information sources; Transmitting knowledge appropriately acquired
5. Skills of self-learning: to develop skills appropriate to be autonomous; to know how to evaluate selfperformance.

Work Placement(s)



Definitiions of Matter and its states
The Aufbau Prinzip–Quantum Theory and the Bohr atom
The Valence Shell
The Periodic Table
Formation of molecular orbitals and chemical bonding
Polarity as a molecular property; Intermolecular interactions
The gas, liquid and solid phases
Thermochemistry; Internal Energy and Enthalpy, Hess' Law, The First Law of Thermodynamics
Reversible and Irreversible Processes; Chemical Equilibrium; the Le Chatelier Principle
Free Energy and relation to chemical equilibrium
Solvation, solubility of solids and gases in líquids
Colligative properties; Osmosis
Solutions of electrolytes and non-electrolytes, Conductivity, Activity and concentration
Acids, bases and buffers; pH, Acid-base titration
Reaction rates. The Arrhenius Law; Activated State Theory
General principles of chemical catalysis
Oxidation-reduction reactions; Electrode potencials and the Nernst equation
The electrochemical series
Electrochemical cells, Electrodes
Electrolysis; the Faraday Law

Assessment Methods

Continuous evaluation
Continuous evaluation: 100.0%


R. Chang, e K. Goldsby, CHEMISTRY, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 11th. edition, 2012. ISBN-10: 00713117872

É recomendado que o aluno possua uma cópia deste livro (ou de uma das suas anteriores edições) para contínua referência e estudo particular a acompanhar as aulas.

It is recommended that each student posses a copy of this textbook for continuous reference and individual study that accompanies the lectures.