Man – his origin and nature. Introduction to the various areas of science and technology. Man and his cosmic environment, scientific methodology, science and technology in the society and service of man. Renewable and non-renewable resources – man and his energy resources. Elements of environmental studies. Environmental effects of chemical plastics, textiles, wastes and other materials. Chemical and radiochemical hazards.


Chemistry of first row transition metals. Introduction to coordination chemistry including elementary treatment of crystal field theory. Comparative Chemistry of the following elements: (a) Ga, In, TI, (b) Ge, Sn, Pb, (c) As, Sb, Bi (d) Se, Te, Po.

Elementary introduction to organometallic chemistry. Role of metals in biochemical systems. Concepts of hard and soft acids and bases. Oxidation and reduction reactions.

Theory of errors; and statistical treatment of data: Theory of sampling. Chemical methods of analysis including volumetric, gravimetric and physicochemical methods, Optical methods of analysis; separation methods.

Chemistry of aromatic compounds. Structures of simple sugars, starch and cellulose, peptides and proteins. Chemistry of bifunctional compounds. Energetics, kinetics and the investigation of reaction mechanisms. Mechanisms of substitution, elimination, addition and rearrangement reactions. Stereochemistry. Examples of various named organic reactions e.g. Grignard reaction, Aldol and related reactions. Simple alicyclic carbon compounds and their synthesis.

Additional laboratory experiments to include functional group analysis, quantitative analysis using volumetric methods.