Chemistry and Mathematics

Academic Year 2017/2018 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff
  • Chemistry: Vincenzo Cunsolo
  • Mathematics: Cristina Lucia Milazzo
Credit Value: 14
Scientific field
  • CHIM/06 - Organic chemistry
  • MAT/04 - Mathematics education and history of mathematics
Taught classes: 70 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

  • Chemistry

    The major course objective is to provide students with an insight in chemistry with an emphasis to understand the role of soil as plants substrate and the biochemistry of plants in order to maximize yield of crops.

  • Mathematics

    The course intends to provide students the basic math concepts, and will also provide the basics of differential and integral calculus that will be used in specific disciplines. Students will be stimulated in learning math methods and results and developing their ability to use the same for problem solving. There will also be given a concrete idea, through various examples and applications, about the importance of mathematics in applications.

Detailed Course Content

  • Chemistry

    Structure of the Atom. Periodic Table of the Elements. Chemical Bonds. Chemical compounds. Balancing Chemical Equations. Stoichiometry of Chemical Reactions. pH and pOH concepts. Acids & Bases. Chemical Equilibrium. Stereochemistry. Classification of organic compounds. Functional groups. Carbohydrates. Proteins. Lipids.

  • Mathematics
    • Sets. Operations between Sets. Relations. N, Z, Q, R.
    • Matrices. Determinant of a matrix. Reduced matrices. Rank of an array. Product columns. Inverse matrix.
    • Linear systems. Cramer's theorem. Rouche-Capelli Theorem.
    • Analytical geometry in the plain. Points. Distances, line equations, angular coefficient, properties, parallelism, perpendicularity.
    • Circumference. Intersection between a straight and a circumference.
    • Ellipse. Parabola. Hyperbole.
    • Functions. Domain of a function. Monotonous functions.
    • Limits of functions. Theorems.
    • Derivative of a function and its geometric meaning. Elementary Derivatives. Deriving rules: sum of functions, function products, composite functions.
    • Maximum and minumum of a function. Theorems.
    • Asymptotes.
    • Primitive of a function. Indefinite integral. Defined Integral.

Textbook Information

  • Chemistry

    1) Brown, Lemay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, “Fondamenti di chimica” – EdiSES (disponibilità e-book personalizzato) (I PARTE PROGRAMMA).

    2) William H. Brown, Thomas Poon “Introduzione alla Chimica Organica” – V Edizione EdiSES (disponibilità e-book personalizzato) (II PARTE PROGRAMMA).


    1) P. D'Arrigo, A. Famulari, C. Gambarotti, M. Scotti “Chimica: Esercizi e Casi Pratici” - EdiSES

    2) Nicotra, Cipolla “Eserciziario di Chimica Organica” – EdiSES

    3) D. Sica “Esercizi di Chimica Organica” - EdiSES

  • Mathematics

    (1) M. Gionfriddo: Istituzioni di Matematiche. Tringale Editore

    (2) M.Gionfriddo, B. Mtarazzo, S. Milici: Esercitazioni di matematiche. Spazio Libri.

    (3) P. Marcellini, C. Sbordone: Elementi di Matematica. Liguori Editore.

    (4) C. Sbordone e F. Sbordone: Matematica per le scienze della vita. EdiSES

    (5) V. Villani, Matematica per discipline biomediche. Mc Graw-Hill

    In linea di massima si farà riferimento al testo 1. Approfondimenti e chiarimenti si possono trovare nei testi consigliati.