The course gives a general understanding of the physical properties and chemical reactions of the elements and their most common compounds from Groups 1-2, 13-17 and the first row of the transition metals. This includes several bonding theories. There is also a compulsory but exciting lab course.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
The basic principles of atomic structure, the periodic system, the relationship between the atomic structure of the elements and their physical and chemical properties. The biological and environmental significance of each element. Descriptions of the chemistry to most of the elements will be discussed including the transition metals and a little organometallic chemistry. Scarcity of some metals, as well as recycling/recovery of metals.
In addition, industrial processes used in production of the elements and their compounds will be reviewed, together with their technological, biological and material uses..
The course includes a laboratory course in basic inorganic experiments and qualitative inorganic analysis.
After completing the course the student should:
Have a basic knowledge of the various bonding theories
Understand the interplay between thermodynamics and kinetics and reactions
Have a basic knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of many of the elements in the periodic table
Basic knowledge of inorganic chemistry issues in industry (e.g. offshore petroleum industry, metal industry including recycling)
Be able to carry out simple qualitative tests for inorganic cations and anions
Be able to write a lab report of their experimental observations
Required prerequisite knowledge
KJE100 Environmental Chemistry, KJE150 General Chemistry
Written exam and testing of samples
Form of assessment
Approved tables, Basic calculator specified in general exam regulations, Compendium of formulae,
Testing of samples
Written exam counts 90% and the lab exam from test of unknown ions counts 10%. Both exam parts must be passed in order to get a pass grade in the course. In addition, the whole lab course must be completed. No resit is offered for the 10% laboratory exam. If a student wishes to redo the lab, this can be done next time the subject is taught.
Mandatory laboratory written assignments and mandatory lab attendance
Compulsory attendance at laboratory
10 mandatory assignments of laboratory assignments.
Obligatory activities must be authorised to access the written exams.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.