Outline of Chemistry I(Its History and Fundamentals)-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS13 10030 LE60 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Mainly 1st & 2nd year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Thu.2
Instructor name GAO,Si (Graduate School of Engineering Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course All matter in the nature world is composed of one or more substances called elements. Human beings use variety kinds of matter to create materials that can be used for certain purpose. This course intends to give an introduction to the first and second year students on the fundamental elements and matter in the nature world, as well as the man-made materials composed of those elements, such as metals, ceramics and polymers which are quite important to modern society.
Course Goals Students are expected to learn the basic knowledge of elements, matter in the nature world. Moreover, they will learn various kinds of materials that can be seen in our daily life and realize how important they are to the modern society.
Schedule and Contents Week 1: Atom and elements
Basic concept of atoms is introduced in this part. Such as atomic number, atomic weight, atomic size, etc.
Week 2: Periodical table of the elements
In this part we will learn what periodical table is and how to use it to derive relationships between various elements properties.
Week 3-12: From elements to matters and materials
In this part we will firstly introduce the important elements and the matter composed of them. After that, materials composed of those elements, which are being used in our modern society are to be introduced. For example, iron (Fe) and carbon (C) in steels, aluminum (Al) and magnesium (Mg) in aluminum alloys; copper (Cu) in electrical conductor, Gadolinium (Gd) in magnetic material, Lithium (Li) in battery, Si and semiconductor materials are to be introduced. Oxygen (O) Nitrogen (N) and carbon (C) in ceramics, carbon (C) and hydrogen (H) in polymers will also be introduced. In addition, the relationship between the structure, processing and the properties of the above mentioned materials will to be introduced, which is the core of materials science.
Week 13-14: How to identify and analyze the elements and materials?
In this part we will introduce the characterization techniques, such as spectroscopy and electron microscopy, by which we can identify the elements or visualize the atoms and microstructures of the materials.
Week 16: Feedback.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Attendance and class participation[70%]
Short reports [30%]
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are required to read assigned materials (distributed by the teacher) before the class for preparation and write short reports after class for review. The necessary time for those would be around 1.5 hours for each class.
References, etc. The Elements , Theodore Gray, (Encyclopaedia Britannica), ISBN:1615354328