This book is designed as a teaching aid for the first-year students of many University faculties, being conceived for the new type of course set up through the recent reorganisation of university studies. The principal objective is therefore to provide a tool for the study of the basics of chemistry and the classic arguments of a chemistry course, seeking to establish a guiding thread in the treatment of the various subjects. The work is therefore arranged essentially in two sections, so that the student can appreciate, through the study of chemistry, the formation of the resources and materials present on the earth, their energetic and structural properties and their reactivity. The first section is therefore developed through an analysis of the properties of the atomic nucleus, and then through that of the structural properties which explain the stability of the matter. The second section instead addresses the analysis of the reactivity of matter, elaborating the concepts of chemical equilibrium and chemical kinetics.
University of Florence, Italy