General and Inorganic Chemistry


Course Contents


  • General for the science of Chemistry.
  • Classification and states of matter.
  • Scientific calculations.
  • Atomic theories.
  • Individual and Mass number.
  • The meaning of mole.
  • Chemical bonds and intermolecular forces.
  • Nomenclature of inorganic compounds.
  • Writing reactions.
  • Categories of reactions.
  • Properties of gases, solids and liquids.
  • Thermochemistry.
  • Solutions and colloidal dispersion systems.
  • Chemical kinetics and chemical equilibrium.
  • Dimension and ionization of electrolytes.
  • pH-pOH.
  • Neutralization reactions, common ion effect, buffer solutions.

Laboratory Exercises

  • General instructions – safety and hygiene rules.
  • Preparation of solutions.
  • Determination of the density of solutions and its correlation with the concentration of solutions.
  • Determination of physical constants in chemical compounds.
  • Determination of the pH value of solutions.
  • Buffers. Common ion effect. (Preparation of buffer solution and measurement of its buffering capacity).
  • Separation – purification of chemical compounds through crystallization.
  • Separation – purification of chemical compounds through distillation.
  • Detection of cations of the 1st analytical group.
  • Separation and identification of organic compounds.

Educational Goals

The course aims to achieve the following learning outcomes for students:

  • the acquisition of knowledge in the basic principles of chemistry by the students, as it is one of the basic courses of the department,
  • the understanding and consolidation of the rules that govern the proper operation of a chemical laboratory,
  • the acquisition of the required experience for the handling of tools and instruments in order to reliably perform the experimental part of a task,
  • the ability to process the measurements and evaluate the results.

General Skills

  • Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information, using the necessary technologies.
  • Promotion of free, creative and inductive thinking.
  • Work in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Autonomous work.
  • Teamwork.
  • Decision making.
  • Generating new research ideas.

Teaching Methods

Face to face:

  • Lectures (theory and exercises) in the classroom.
  • Laboratory exercises.

Use of ICT means

  • Lectures with PowerPoint slides using PC and projector.
  • Notes in electronic format.
  • Use of videos and online applications.
  • Post course material and communicate with students on the Moodle online platform.

Teaching Organization

ActivitySemester workload
Laboratory Exercises62.5

Students Evaluation

Evaluation methods:

  • Mandatory attendance at (at least) 80% of the laboratory exercises.
  • Mandatory written work for each laboratory exercise (20% of the final grade).
  • Written final exams in the theoretical part of the course with problem solving (60% of the final grade).
  • Final written exams in the laboratory part of the course with multiple choice, short development and problem solving questions (40% of the final grade).
  • Optional written assignments in the laboratory exercises (20% of the grade of the laboratory part of the course if submitted).

The evaluation criteria are presented and analyzed to the students at the beginning of the semester.

Recommended Bibliography

  1. Κεσίσογλου Δ., Ακριβός Π., Βιοσυναρμοστική Χημεία, Εκδόσεις Ζήτη, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2006.
  2. Μανουσάκης Γ.Ε., Γενική και Ανόργανη Χημεία, Εκδόσεις Κυριακίδη, Θεσσαλονίκη, 1999.
  3. Ebbing D.D., General Chemistry 8th Edition, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2006.
  4. McMurry J., Fay R.C., Chemistry, Prentice-Hall, N.J., 1998.