General Chemistry


Time of the lecture: Tuesday between 8h00-10h00 according to the weekly schedule

Place of the lecture: Béke building 4th floor "Tanuló" (BE-402-3), 1 Rerrich Béla tér, 6720 Szeged

Note that if the number of the students is below 3 at any occasions, the lecture will not be given in person, but handouts will be distributed and consultation will be provided.

Teacher: Dr. István Szilágyi (Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Szeged)

Requirements - 2023/2024 Fall semester

The purpose of the lectures is to establish and improve the chemistry knowledge of students to support their primary major. Introduction of chemistry needed to study other disciplines in natural sciences will be given. All this serves to create the appropriate chemistry base for learning further subjects. Completion of the course can be accomplished by a successful written exam during the exam period, or by accepting the grade offered by the teacher based on the student's performance during the semester, see later. However, the condition for admission to the exam must be fulfilled within the term, before the exam season, as follows.

Conditions for admission to the exam:

The students can be admitted to the exam only if they aquire 30 points within three activities.

(i) A total number of 84 points can be collected by succesfully completing 2 exercise sections (ZH) containing test questions and calculations. The dates of these will be the 7th and 14th weeks of the semester (24 October (ZH1) and 12 December (ZH2) between 8h00-10h00 in the lecture room). (ii) Another 12 points can be obtained by solving three homework assignments (HF1, HF2 and HF3) at the appropriate level. (iii) Beside, 4 additional points can be obtained by attending the lectures; the presence of the students will be randomly documented twice during the semester without notice (KT1 and KT2). Those who are present at the time of such a catalogue are going to get 2 points each (so a maximum of 4 points can be collected by the presence). A total of 100 points can be gathered by ZH, HF and KT (ZH1+ZH2+HF1+HF2+HF3+KT1+KT2=100). Those who score below 30 points in total cannot be admitted to the exam. Furthermore, based on the points collected during the semester, a mark can be offered based on the table below.

Mobile phones or any other device that is not considered as a calculator is not allowed to use, so bring solely a scientific calculator with you to the exercise sections and the exams. The use of a mobile phone or any other non-permitted device will result in grade insufficient (1) and failure in that exam. Only the sheets provided on site can be used. For the preapration of the tests, recommended materials include books listed below, own class notes, and the downloadable handouts of the lectures. To provide further help, personal consultation will be provided every Wednesday between 17h00 and 19h00 in the teacher's office (MF58/M28, ground floor of the Bolyai building). Note that registration for personal consultation must be made by the actual Tuesday noon.

Homework assigments:

The subject of the first homework (HF1) is the calculation of solution composition.

The second one (HF2) is concerned with stociometry, i.e., calculations to describe chemical reactions.

The third homework (HF3) deals with chemical equilibria, mostly pH calculation of acidic and alkaline solutions.

Each HF will contain 4 exercises and 1-1 point can be obtained for the correct solutions. All of these calculations will be taught and practiced during the class. Besides, additional materials will also be provided.

Completion of the course, the exam:

For those who met the conditions for admission to the exam (i.e., collected at least 30 points in ZH, HF and KT), there are two ways to complete the course and thus, to obtain a final grade. (i) Attending on one of the exams to be announced during the exam season. A total of 100 points can be obtained during a written exam. (ii) The other option is to receive an offer from the teacher for excellent (5), good (4) or satisfactory (3) grade as a result of the performance in ZH, HF and KT. The collected points can be converted to grades using the table below.

Conversion of points to grades:

Point Grade
0-34 points insufficient (1)
35-44 points sufficient (2)
45-54 points satisfactory (3)
55-64 points good (4)
65-100 points excellent (5)

The teacher has the right to change the number of points achieved by ±5.

Any controversial issue that is not clarified by this document will be decided on the basis of the Study and Examination Regulations of the SZTE TTIK!

Recommended literature:

Árpád Szűcs: General Chemistry, JATEPress (1998) or any other general chemistry book released in the past 15 years.


    Week 1: Scientific knowledge, measurement and calculation. Week 2: Description of chemical systems by state. Week 3: Composition of chemical systems. Week 4: Stochiometry. Week 5: Thermodynamics and thermochemistry. Week 6: Chemical equilibria. Week 7: Exercise section 1 (ZH1). Week 8: No lecture. Week 9: Electrochemistry. Week 10: Reaction kinetics. Week 11: Structure and description of the matter. Week 12: Build-up of atoms. Week 13: Chemical bonds. Week 14: Exercise section 2 (ZH2).