Course: History of Chemistry

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Course title History of Chemistry
Course code KFC/HICH
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Nevěčná Taťjana, doc. RNDr. CSc.
Course content
It describes how various problems were solved without modern devices, what methods were available or how scientists thought throughout history. 1. Substance recognition in prehistoric and ancient times. Fire and its use. Theory of elements. 2. Alchemy: philosophy of experimental chemistry. Experiments by alchemists. 3. From the Renaissance to the 17th century: emergence of chemistry. Observation and experimentation. 4. Combustion chemistry. R. Boyle and his Sceptical Chymist. 5. First scientific theories in chemistry in the 18th century. Thoughtful experiment and knowledge. 6. 19th century-period of generalisation. Law of constant proportions. 7. Emergence of organic chemistry. Basic ideas about chemical bonding. F.A.Kekulé. 8. 19th century. Period of generalisation. Law of constant proportions. 9. Classification of elements. Classification according to D.I. Mendelejev. 10. Emergence of physical chemistry: reactivity. Electricity and chemistry in the 19th century-M. Faraday. 11. Chemistry of solutions. F.M. Raoult. Arrhenius theory. W. Nernst. Solubility product. 12. Chemical equilibrium and reaction rate. J.W.Gibbs. Phase rule. Thermal chemistry. 13. Chemistry in the 20th century. Theory of acids and bases. Concept and evidence of subatomic particles. 14. Some aspects of the modern chemistry. Chemistry does not bring only success

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training)
  • Preparation for the Exam - 90 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course offer a short excursion into history of chemistry.
ability to explain the historic background of the contemporary chemistry

Assessment methods and criteria

1) active participation at 80% of the seminars 2) elaboration of a seminary paper (min. 5 pages) considering the topic which was approved by the lecturer
Recommended literature
  • Listy ?. (1998). encyklopedická edice /11/ - Chemikové,. Encyklopedický dům, Praha.
  • Folta, J., Nový, L.:. (1979). Dějiny přírodních věd v datech. Mladá fronta, Praha.
  • Karpenko, V., Augusta P. (1987). Křivolaké cesty vědy,. Albatros, Praha.
  • Listy. Encyklopedická edice /5/ - Fyzikové,. Encyklopedický dům, Praha 1998.
  • Mollin, J.:. (1992). Historie chemie, Učební text UP .. Olomouc.
  • Vidal,B.:. (1985). Histoire de la chimie,. PressesUnivers. de France, Paris.

Study plans that include the course
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Faculty of Science Applied Chemistry (1) Chemistry courses - Summer
Faculty of Science Chemistry More Subjects Studium (1) Chemistry courses 3 Summer
Faculty of Science Bioinorganic Chemistry (1) Chemistry courses 3 Summer
Faculty of Science Nanomaterial Chemistry (2016) Chemistry courses 3 Summer