Course code Ķīmi1001

Credit points 2


Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes24

Date of course confirmation19.01.2011

Responsible UnitDepartment of Chemistry

Course developer

author Ķīmijas katedra

Māra Dūma

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

In this course students learn basic laws of chemistry, physical and chemical properties of metals, structure of matter, colligative properties of solutions; chemical kinetics and chemical balance. The part of electrochemical processes covers the potential theory of electrodes, galvanic elements, electrolysis and its application, electrochemical corrosion, and protection against it. Light, heavy metal construction.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge and critical understanding of the chemical properties of metals in light and heavy constructions; processes in galvanic cells, electrolysers, and electrochemical corrosion and protection. (4 tests and 4 colloquiums).
Skills to analyze, compare and evaluate the resistance and reactivity of metals and their alloys under different conditions, to explain the influence of various factors on the rate of chemical reactions; to evaluate the possibilities of various galvanic elements and to find creative solutions for corrosion prevention in given conditions – 3 laboratory works.
Competence to objectively evaluate new information, to independently acquire and analyze information, as well as to use it in solving chemistry-related issues and practical work problems - 3 protocols of laboratory work, 8 tasks of independent work.

Course plan

1. Subject of Chemistry. Atomic structure. Classification of inorganic compounds.
2. Periodic Law and Periodic System. Classification of inorganic compounds. 1st independent work
3. Chemical bound. Laboratory work No1. 2.nd Independent work
4. Chemical kinetics. Test No1. 1st colloquium.
5. Chemical balance. Metal reactions with acids.
6. Metals, their general characteristics. Oxidation-Reduction Reactions. 3rd independent work.
7. Solutions, their properties. Laboratory work No2. 4th independent work.
8. Disperse systems, their division. Test No2. 2nd colloquium.
9. Colligative properties of solutions. Reaction rate. 5th independent work.
10. Electrochemistry. Electrodes, their division. Laboratory work No3.6th Independent work.
11. Electrolysis. Test No3. 3rd colloquium
12. Electrolysis, its practical application. 7th independent work
13. Corrosion, its types. Chemical corrosion. 8th independent work.
14. Electrochemical Corrosion. Test No4. 4th colloquium.
15. Corrosion protection.
16. Metal alloys, their breakdown, properties and applications.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Type of examination - exam in 1st semester. If 3 laboratory works were worked out and pass during the semester, 8 independent works were pas, 4 tests were successfully written and 4 colloquiums, whose average grade was 5 points and higher, then the student has the opportunity to receive accumulative exam evaluation. If students are not satisfied with their assessment, there is a possibility to take a written examination. The examination is compulsory if the average mark is lower than 5 points.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation for tests, performing tasks of independent work, processing of laboratory work reports, processing of results obtained in laboratory work.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The overall assessment of the study course consists of evaluations of the written tests and laboratory works, as well as the completion of independent work. Final grade of the study course will be calculated using a marking scheme: • tests 30%; • colloquium 40% • laboratory reports 20%. • independent work 10%; Student must earn a positive mark (at least 4) for every course activity to pass the course.

Compulsory reading

1. Brown T.L., Le May Jr.H.E., Bursten B.E. Chemistry. The Central Science. 10tf ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc., 2006. 880 p.
2. Brunere V., Kamzola L. u.c. Ķīmija augstskolu inženiertehniskajām specialitātēm. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1980. 388 lpp.
3. Dūma M., Bluka A. Ķīmija. Metodiskie norādījumi un laboratorijas darbu apraksti Tehniskās fakultātes studentiem. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 24 lpp.
4. Constable E.C., Housecroft C.E. Chemistry. 3rd edition. Harlow etc.:Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006. 1285 p.

Further reading

1. Čakste I. Vispārīgā ķīmija. Mācību līdzeklis. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 66 lpp.
2. Kamzola L., Brunere V., Blūms A. Ķīmijas uzdevumi augstskolu inženiertehniskajām specialitātēm. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1988.. 209 lpp.
3. Rauhvargers A. Vispārīgā ķīmija: eksperimentāla mācību grāmata. Rīga: Zinātne, 1996. 383 lpp.


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