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Admissions requirements



This course covers the basics of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, phase and phase diagrams, structures of solids, elementary thermodynamics and kinetics, and introductory level acid-base and electrochemistry. Special topics which interpose regular classes include nuclear energy and waste, storage of intermittent energy in chemicals, the Earth and human body from a chemist’s perspective, and the chemical industry.

Course objectives

Students are

  • able to perform standard chemical calculations

  • are proficient in using chemical symbolic language to describe chemical reactions

  • can explain in detail the atomic and molecular structure of common materials

  • can describe the relation between the microscopic structure and macroscopic properties for common materials

  • discuss energy production and storage considerations from a chemical perspective

  • discuss the chemical composition of planet earth and the human body

  • develop an appreciation for chemistry as a science contributing to energy and health related topics


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

Strictly chemical subjects are introduced through lectures. Students study the course material and regularly hand in home work in preparation for a written exam. Special topics are studied prior to class in workgroups and discussed by student presentations and general debates. In parallel, students write a short essay on the chemical background of a topic of limited choice. Attendance of classes is required.


Students are assessed on the basis of homework (20%), an written exam (40%), short group presentations (20%) and an essay (20%). Peer review on the basis of standard rubrics provides additional informal assessment.


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

Chemistry: The Central Science, 13/E (Global Edition)
Brown , Lemay, Bursten, Murphy and Woodward


  • the printed version of the book (ISBN-13: 9781292057712) OR

  • the digital version of the book that includes access to the MasteringChemistry e-learning environment for this book (ISBN-13: 9781292067285) OR

  • the package deal (printed + e-text + access to MasteringChemistry) (ISBN-13: 9781292058429)

Access to the “Mastering Chemistry” site allows you to practice in the Pearson on-line learning center. It is not required for the class, but you may benefit from the tutorials, question banks etc. Access to the site also provides access to the e-text, which I will annotate if necessary. currently sells the book and the package deal for approx. 70 and 100 euro’s, respectively. You may also check with StudyStore.NL.


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact


Dr. Ludo Juurlink
Leiden Institute of Chemistry
Faculty of Science
Einsteinweg 55, Leiden


Although not required, it is assumed that students have studied chemistry at either an IB standard level, VWO, or equivalent degree up until high school graduation.