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Basics of medical chemistry

For first-year medical and dentist students to help them understand the basics of Chemistry. This course is facultative and does not supplant the Medical Chemistry Course!


Venue and date: EOK Békésy György lecture hall, Mondays 18.30-20.00

  • Lecture 1, Sept 7: Basics of atomic and molecular structure, periodic table, bondings. Lecturer: Nándor Müllner
  • Lecture 2, Sept 14: Chemical equations, stoichiometry, reaction types. Acids, bases, salts. Solutions. Concentrations. Lecturer: Csaba Barta 
  • Lecture 3, Sept 21: Laws of dilute solutions. Electrolytes, ionization of electrolytes. Conductivity. Acid-base theories. Lecturer: László Csanády
  • Lecture 4, Sept 28: Chemical equilibria. Le Chatelier principle, law of mass action. Equilibria in aqueous solutions, principle of pH. Buffers. Carbon dioxide/hydrocarbonate buffer. Lecturer: László Csanády
  • Lecture 5, Oct 05: Consultation; preparation for the 1st midterm. Practicing calculations: ionization of electrolytes, pH, buffer, solubility product. Lecturer: András Hrabák 
  • Lecture 6, Oct 12: Chemical thermodynamics. Principles of enthalpy, entropy, free enthalpy. Law of Hess. Lecturer: Attila Ambrus 
  • Lecture 7, Oct 19: Basics of reaction kinetics. The rate constant and Arrhenius’ equation. Activation energy and catalysis.  Lecturer: Attila Ambrus
  • Lecture 8, Oct 26: Electrochemistry. Oxidation and reduction, redox systems in living cells. Lecturer: Zsolt Rónai 
  • Lecture 9, Nov 2: Calculations in electrochemistry and thermochemistry. Lecturer: Csaba Barta 
  • Lecture 10, Nov 9: Basics of organic chemistry, hybrid states of carbon, organic reaction types. Isomerism, structural isomerism. IUPAC nomenclature. Lecturer: András Hrabák 
  • Lecture 11, Nov 16: Stereochemistry. Geometric and  stereoisomerism, terminology. Prochirality. Lecturer: András Hrabák 
  • Lecture 12, Nov 23: The most important groups of organic compounds. Aliphatic and aromatic backbones and their typical reactions. Revision of their structures. Lecturer: Szabolcs Sipeki 
  • Lecture 13, Nov 30: Classification of organic compounds according to their functional groups. Substitution, addition and elimination reactions in organic chemistry. Lecturer: Szabolcs Sipeki 

Seminifinal examination

Written examination, Dec 7:

The exam is composed of two parts: (1) drawing 10 formulas, each is worth one point (see Requirements in Medical Chemistry for the list of obligatory structures) and (2) solving 20 multiple choice questions (one point each).


  • 0 – 10 points: fail (1)
  • 11 – 15 points: pass (2)
  • 16 – 20 points: satisfactory (3)
  • 21 – 25 points: good (4)
  • 26 – 30 points: excellent (5)

Failed exams cannot be retaken.