Chemistry background in English 2

  • Cours (CM) 14h
  • Cours intégrés (CI) 28h
  • Travaux dirigés (TD) -
  • Travaux pratiques (TP) 21h
  • Travail étudiant (TE) 94.5h

Langue de l'enseignement : Anglais

Description du contenu de l'enseignement

Magistral Lectures/ Integrated courses

Student discover lecture in the presence of a large number of students (4 groups of speciality close to 140 students). These 15 hours divided in 10 sessions will be the opportunity to give complementary informations about the main objectives taught. A gradual training to note-taking is done. The objective is to prepare students to L1 where they will receive the main lecture informations in such conditions. While we explain in small group the difficult part of the lecture by solving problems.

Description of TeachingUnits

Unit I. Introduction to Laboratory
This subject shows an overview of the equipment (glassware and apparatus) and the way to use it. As well as Laboratory techniques using short videos.

Unit II. Calculations in Chemistry
Review of the first semester and continue some exercises about Solution (concentration, dilution, stoichiometric conditions), Stoichiometry (limiting reactant, yield) and combustion analysis (CH, CHO, CHNO, CHSO, purity).

Unit III. Acid-Base
This subject as for goal to give an overview of acids and bases, starting from Acids and bases in human life, Arrhenius theory and limitation, Bronsted-Lowry (conjugate pairs, amphiproticspecies) Acid and base dissociation constant to the use of buffer solution.

Unit IV. Reaction in aqueous solution
This subject follows the previous one and go more in details in the use of acids and bases in aaqueous solution. Looking at the molecular and Ionic equations, titration types/curves, the equivalence and acid-Base Indicators.

Unit V. Kinetics
This subject deals with the rates of chemical reactions. Collision theory and factors that affect reaction rates are considered first. The following is a definition of the concepts of average and instantaneous reaction rates, rate la w, rate constant, reaction order, determination of the rate law by method of Initial rates, and temperature dependence of reaction rates, Arrhenius equation.

Unit VI. Introduction to Organic Chemistry
This subject is divided in two parts:
First, how to draw molecules and how to name them using IUPAC rules of the common functional groups (Alcohol, Ethers, Aldehydes, Ketones, Carboxylic Acid, Ester, Amine and amides) following by the stereochemistry around alkene and asymmetrical carbons.
Then the second part is an introduction to the reactivity in organic synthesis, the inductive and mesomeric effect, and example of the most famous reaction (nucleophilic substitution, elimination, Electrophilic addition, addition Elimination reaction).

Unit VII. Electrochemistry
Quick historical concepts, follow by the basics of Electrochemistry (Oxidation/Reduction Reactions), the half reaction method, the Gamma Rule, the standard Electrode Potential. The voltaic cell is use finally to give application example in modern life.

Practical work (24 hours)
Students will manipulate technical materials and apparatus. They will learn how to manipulate glassware and apparatus. These lab sessions will end with their first synthesis bringing together the knowledge they have gained through this first year. These lab sessions will be done in half group (maximum 20 students)

Compétences à acquérir

At the end of the course the students will be comfortable with the points listed above


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Maxime Florent

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