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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

General Chemistry


School Environmental Engineering
Course Level Undergraduate
Course ID ENVE 132 Semester 2nd
Course Category Required
Course Modules Instruction Hours per Week ECTS
Lectures and Tutorial Exercises 3
Th=2, E=1, L=0
Course Type  General Background
Instruction/Exam Language Greek
The course is offered to Erasmus students Yes
Course URL https//   (in Greek)



Learning Outcomes

The students will:

  • learn the basic principles of chemistry, including atoms, molecules and ions
  • learn how to perform stoichiometric calculations
  • understand the basic principles of the electronic structure of the atoms and the periodic properties of the elements
  • gain knowledge on the basic concepts of chemical bonding and molecular geometry
  • understand the properties of liquids and the role of the intermolecular forces, including hydrogen bond
  • gain knowledge on the basic principles of acid–base equilibria
  • learn how to calculate the pH of aqueous solutions of strong acids and bases, as well as of weak acids and bases
  • gain knowledge on the properties of buffer solutions and learn how to calculate their pH
General Competencies/Skills
  • Review, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work in interdisciplinary environment
  • Environmental protection


1. An Introduction to Chemistry
  • Law of Conservation of Mass
  • Classifications of Matter
  • Properties of Matter
  • Physical and Chemical Properties
2. Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
  • The Atomic Theory of Matter
  • The Discovery of Atomic Structure
  • The Modern View of Atomic Structure
  • Atomic Numbers, Mass Numbers, and Isotopes
  • Atomic Weights
  • The Periodic Table
  • Molecules and Molecular Compounds
  • Ions and Ionic Compounds
3. Chemical Reactions and Reaction Stoichiometry
  • Chemical Equations
  • Balancing Equations
  • Formula Weights
  • Avogadro’s Number and the Mole
  • Properties of Solutions
  • Expressing Solution Concentration
4. Electronic Structure of Atoms
  • The Wave Nature of Light
  • Quantized Energy and Photons
  • Line Spectra and the Bohr Model
  • The Wave Behavior of Matter
  • Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Orbitals
  • Representations of Orbitals
  • Many-Electron Atoms
  • Electron Configurations
5. Periodic Properties of the Elements
  • Development of the Periodic Table
  • Electron Configurations and the Periodic Table
  • Metals, Nonmetals, and Metalloids
6. Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding
  • Lewis Symbols and the Octet Rule
  • Ionic Bonding
  • Covalent Bonding
7. Molecular Geometry
  • Molecular Shapes
  • The VSEPR Model
  • Molecular Shape and Molecular Polarity
8. Liquids and Intermolecular Forces
  • A Molecular Comparison of Gases, Liquids, and Solids
  • Intermolecular Forces
  • Hydrogen bond
9. Acid–Base Equilibria
  • Acids and Bases: A Brief Review
  • Brønsted–Lowry Acids and Bases
  • The Autoionization of Water and the pH Scale
  • Strong Acids and Bases
  • Weak Acids and Weak Bases
  • Relationship between Ka and Kb
  • Acid–Base Properties of Salt Solutions
  • The Common-Ion Effect
  • Buffers
  • Acid–Base Titrations


Lecture Method Direct (face to face)
Use of Information and Communication Technology Power point presentations, E-class support
Instruction Organisation Activity Workload per Semester
- Lectures 26
- Tutorial Exercises 13
- Autonomous study 86
Course Total 125

Assessment Method

Ι. Written final examination (100%)

  • Problems to be resolved.


  • General Chemistry, Darrell Ebbing, Steven Gammon, Cengage Learning; 11th edition, 2016. ISBN: 978-1305580343
  • Chemistry, The Central Science, 14th Edition, Brown T., LeMay E., Burste B., Murphy C., Woodward P., Stoltzfus M., Pearson, 14th edition, 2017. ISBN: 978-0134414232
  • Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, Tro N., Pearson, 5th edition, 2019. ISBN: 978-0134989693


Course Instructor: Assistant Professor N. Xekoukoulotakis (Faculty - EnvEng)
Lectures: Assistant Professor N. Xekoukoulotakis (Faculty - EnvEng)
Tutorial exercises: Dr. K. Tyrovola (LTS - EnvEng)
Laboratory Exercises: