Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2015/2016 4
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Giosuè Annibalini by appointment by email

Assigned to the Degree Course

Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide students with an overview of the basic concepts of Chemistry and scientific language. The students will be able to use the key concepts of the discipline in the teaching of Physical and Natural Sciences. After completing the course, the students will be able to identify, relate to and manage the core themes of Chemistry according to their relevance and accessibility in the context of the Infant and Primary schools. Learning the basic concepts of Chemistry will allow the future teachers to prepare lessons dealing with simple problems related to matter and its transformations. Finally, since Chemistry is fundamentally an experimental science, practical experiments will be included in the Infant and Primary Schools syllabus to accompany the theoretical lessons.


Lesson 5-10-15: Introduction to the Course of Elements of Chemistry and Chemistry Didactics

-the national guidelines for the curriculum in the  Infant and the  Primary Schools

-the fundamentals of Chemistry

- the historical background of Chemistry

-the experimental  method

Lesson 06-10-15: Structure of matter:

-the characteristics of matter

-mixtures and pure substances

-states of matter

-the laws  of GAS

Lesson 12-10-15: matter and its transformations:

-the heating curve of a pure substance

-the planning of a Learning  Unit (LU)

-the learning objectives (OSA)

-identification of the fundamentals of Chemistry

-description of the teaching activity

-key performance indicators

-educational methodology

-verifying of the expected results, learning and skills

Lesson of 13-10-15: The microscopic nature of matter:

-the periodic table of the elements

-atoms, molecules and ions

-metals, non-metals and semimetals

Lesson of 15-10-16: the kinetic-molecular theory of matter:

-kinetic energy, potential energy and internal energy.

-the kinetic-molecular theory of matter and the states of the matter

-the kinetic-molecular theory of matter and the heating curve of a pure substance

-the kinetic-molecular theory of matter and the laws of the GAS

Lesson of 20-10-15  The structure of the atom:

-the atomic models of Thomson and Rutherford

-atomic number, atomic mass and isotopes

-the atomic model of Bohr

Lesson of 26-10.15: The Modern Periodic Table of Elements:

-The periodic table: groups and periods

-the periodic properties: atomic radius, ionization energy, electron affinity, and electronegativity

-the orbital model of atom (hints)

-Chemical bonds:

-the covalent bond: the single, double and triple covalent bond; the pure covalent bond; the polar covalent bond

-the ionic bond: formation of the crystal structure

-the metallic bond

-the shape of the molecules and VSEPR (Valence Shell Electron-Pair Repulsion)

Lesson 27-10-15: Intermolecular forces:

-le dipole-dipole forces (or Van der Waals)

-the London forces

-The hydrogen “bond”

-The bonds in solids:

-the molecular solids

-the ionic solids

-the covalent solids

-the metal solids

Lesson 2-11-15: Count in mole:

-the absolute and relative atomic mass

-the relative molecular mass

-the mole

-the molar mass

-the molarity

Lesson 3-11-15: Why substances dissolve in water?:

-the water-soluble

-the ionization

-the dissociation

Lesson 9-11-15: Acids and bases:

-definition of acids and bases by Arrhenius and Bronsted and Lowry

-the acid-base reaction

-the water ionization

-the pH and the pH scale

-how to measure the pH of substances

Lesson 10-11-15: Macromolecules:

-the functional groups

-the structural isomers

-the polymers

-simple and complex carbohydrates

-the lipids: triglycerides and phospholipids

-the amino acids and proteins

During the course several experimental activities will be proposed and developed, with the use of scientific films and videos.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

In relation to the course of Elements of Chemistry and Chemistry Didactics students must:

-know the characteristics, properties, composition and transformations of matter;

-be able to describe the macroscopic and microscopic particle of matter;

-have the ability to identify the core themes of Chemistry, plan and implement the Teaching/ Learning Units about the phenomena dealing with the natural and artificial phenomena;

-use the specific language and be able to identify appropriate didactic methodologies in context, focusing on  teaching and learning by laboratory experiments;

-utilize the knowledge and the concepts in order to be able to reason independently on issues of the discipline and design original educational courses that can encourage learning by discovering.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons

Course books

Giuseppe Valitutti, Alfredo Tifi, Antonino Gentile. Le idee della chimica. Seconda edizione (2009). pp 650 Zanichelli.

Other material available to website:https://sites.google.com/a/uniurb.it/giosue-annibalini/


Assessment of elaborate related to the Learning Units and oral exam

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