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Chemistry and biotechnology


Program (detailed contents):

Electronic structure of atoms - atomic Orbitals - periodic table of the elements - Periodicity of the properties - Covalent bonds - Molecular orbitals - pH of aqueous solutions - Solubility, precipitation - Complexation - Oxidation, reduction.

Laboratory work: Set of six experiments, introducing the implementation of basic laboratory equipment - Titration by acid-basic and oxidation-reduction reactions - Titration by precipitation reactions - Spectrophometric and potentiometric titrations  (pH-metric, silver electrode) -  Equilibrium of affinity per exchange of ions.



Organisation (proceedings):

- Lectures focused on the basics.

- Tutorials illustrating and applying the concepts explained in course and promoting dialogue between students and teachers.

- Individual exercises based on documents filled with wordings of problem.  Some elements of answer will be given to the students to help them to solve the problem by themselves.

- E-learning platform which provides   course material, practicals content and self-assessment tests for each chapter.

- Practicals.


Main difficulties usually faced by students:


The lack of regular work.

Students who do not work enough regularly, are not able to assimilate gradually their knowledge.


  1. Memorize the definitions and the chemistry-related vocabulary.  
  2. Determine the atom structure
  3. Describe the structure of the periodic table of the elements.
  4. Propose a structure for a molecule (Lewis and spatial) from its raw formula.
  5. Describe the link within molecules.
  6. Describe both structure, metallic and ionic solid.
  7. Describe interactions between molecules.
  8. Describe the liquid water structure and explain the main reactivities in solution (equation balance sheet reflecting a reaction of dissolution, precipitation, acid-basic or oxidation- reduction).
  9. Analyse a problem to identify the ingredients likely to be present in solution. Deduce one or several equations showing the conservation of elements, the electro neutrality and the constant of balance.
  10. Solve a problem about chemistry solutions coming up with as equation as there is unknowns in this problem in order to calculate the unknowns’ concentration.
  11. Describe the principle and be able to implement the basic experimental technics for the analysis

Carry out a lab experiment and analyse the result.

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...

Additional information

Basic knowledge in physical science (atoms structure, radiation) and in chemistry as describe in the program of the final year high school science.