1. Estimation of experimental errors, use of significant figures;
  2. Nucleons, isotopes, radioactive decay and nuclear reactions (alpha, beta, gamma);
  3. Quantum numbers (n,l,m) and orbitals (s,p,d) in hydrogen-like atoms;
  4. Hund’s rule, Pauli principle;
  5. Electronic configuration of main group and the first row transition metal atoms and their ions;
  6. Periodic table and trends (electronegativity, electronaffinity, ionization energy, atomic and ionic size, melting points, metallic character, reactivity);
  7. Bond types (covalent, ionic, metallic), intermolecular forces and relation to properties;
  8. Molecular structures and simple VSEPR theory (up to 4 e pairs);
  9. Balancing equations, empirical formulae, mole concept and Avogadro’s number,stoichiometric calculations, density, calculations with different concentration units;
  10. Chemical equilibrium, Le Chatelier’s principle, equilibrium constants in terms of concentrations, pressures and mole fractions;
  11. Arrhenius and Bronsted acid-base theory, pH, self-ionization of water, equilibrium constants
    of acid-base reactions, pH of weak acid solutions, pH of very dilute solutions and simple
    buffer solutions, hydrolyis of salts;
  12. Solubility constants and solubility;
  13. Complexation reactions, definition of coordination number, complex formation constants;
  14. Basics of electrochemistry: Electromotive force, Nernst equation; Electrolysis, Faraday’s laws;
  15. Rate of chemical reactions, elementary reactions, factors affecting the reaction rate, rate law for homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, rate constant, reaction order, reaction energy profile, activation energy, catalysis, influence of a catalyst on thermodynamic and kinetic characteristics of a reaction;
  16. Energy, heat and work, enthalpy and energy, heat capacity, Hess’ law, standard formation
    enthalpies, solution, solvation and bond enthalpies;
  17. Definition and concept of entropy and Gibbs’ energy, second law of thermodynamics,
    direction of spontaneous change;
  18. Ideal gas law, partial pressures;
  19. Principles of direct and indirect tiration (back titration);
  20. Acidi and alkalimetry, acidimetric titration curves, choice and colour of indicators for
  21. Redox titrations (permanganometric and iodometric);
  22. Simple complexometric and precipitation titrations;
  23. Basic principles of inorganic qualitative analysis for ions specified in factual knowledge,
    flame tests;
  24. Lambert-Beer law;
  25. Organic structure-reactivity relations (polarity, electrophilicity, nucleophilicity, inductive effects, relative stability)
  26. Structure-property relations (boiling point, acidity, basicity);
  27. Simple organic nomenclature;
  28. Hybridization and geometry at carbon centers;
  29. Sigma and pi bonds, delocalization, aromaticity, mesomeric structures;
  30. Isomerism (constitutional, configuration, conformation, tautomerism)
  31. Stereochemistry (E-Z, cis-trans isomers, chirality, optical activity, Cahn-Ingold-Prelog
    system, Fisher projections);
  32. Hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups, micelle formation;
  33. Polymers and monomers, chain polymerizations, polyaddition and polycondensation;

实验技能Laboratory skills

  1. Heating in the laboratory, heating under reflux;
  2. Mass and volume measurement (with electronic balance, measuring cylinder, pipette and
    burette, volumetric flask);
  3. Preparation and dilution of solutions and standard solutions;
  4. Operation of a magnetic stirrer;
  5. Carrying out of test tube reactions;
  6. Qualitative testing for organic functional groups (using a given procedure);
  7. Volumetric determination, titrations, use of a pipette bulb;
  8. Measurement of pH (by pH paper or calibrated pH meter);


  1. Common electrophiles and nucleophiles
  2. Electrophilic addition: addition to double and triple bonds, regioselectivity (Markovnikoff’s rule), stereochemistry
  3. Electrophilic substitution: substitution on aromatic rings, influence of substituents on the reactivity and regioselectivity, electrophilic species;
  4. Elimination: E1 and E2 reactions at sp3 carbon centers, stereochemistry, acid-base catalysis,
    common leaving groups;
  5. Nucleophilic substitution: SN1 and SN2 reactions at sp3 carbon centers, stereochemistry;
  6. Nucleophilic addition: addition to carbon-carbon and carbon-hetero atom double and triple bonds, addition-elimination reactions, acid-base catalysis;
  7. Radical substitution: reaction of halogens and alkanes;
  8. Oxidations and reductions: switching between the different oxidation levels of common functional groups (alkyne – alkene – alkane – alkyl halide, alcohol – aldehyde, ketone – carboxylic acid derivatives, nitriles – carbonates)
  9. Cyclohexane conformations;
  10. Grignard reaction, Fehling and Tollens reaction;
  11. Simple polymers and their preparation (polystyrene, polyethylene, polyamides, polyesters);
  12. Amino acids and their classification in groups, isoelectric point, peptide bond, peptides and proteins;
  13. Carbohydrates: open chain and cyclic form of glucose and fructose;
  14. Lipids: general formulae of triacyl glycerides, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids;

进阶知识部分(适用于USNCO National Exam或更高级别,不适用中国赛)

• VSEPR theory in detail (with more than 4 ligands);
• Inorganic stereochemistry, isomerism in complexes;
• Solid state structures (metals, NaCl, CsCl) and Bragg’s law;
• Relation of equilibrium constants, electromotive force and standard Gibbs energy;
• Integrated rate law for first order reactions, half-life, Arrhenius equation,
determination of activation energy;
• Analysis of complex reactions using steady-state and quasi-equilibrium
approximations, mechanisms of catalytic reactions, determination of reaction order
and activation energy for complex reactions;
• Collision theory
• Simple phase diagrams and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, triple and critical points;
• Stereoselective transformations (diastereoselective, enantioselective), optical purity
• Conformational analysis, use of Newman projections, anomeric effect
• Aromatic nucleophilic substitution, electrophilic substitution on polycyclic aromatic
compounds and heterocycles
• Supramolecular chemistry
• Advanced polymers, rubbers, copolymers, thermosetting polymers. Polymerization
types, stages and kinetics of polymerization;
• Amino acid side groups, reactions and separation of amino acids, protein sequencing;
• Secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures of proteins, non-covalent interactions,
stability and denaturation, protein purification by precipitation, chromatography and
• Enzymes and classification according to reaction types, active sites, coenzymes and
cofactors, mechanism of catalysis;
• Monosaccharides, equilibrium between linear and cyclic forms, pyranoses and
furanoses, Haworth projection and conformational formulae;
• Chemistry of carbohydrates, oligo and polysaccharides, glycosides, determination of
• Bases, nucleotides and nucleosides with formulae, Functional nucleotides, DNA and
RNA, hydrogen bonding between bases, replication, transcription and translation,
DNA based applications;
• Complex solubility calculations (with hydrolysing anions, complex formation);
• Simple Schrödinger equations and spectroscopic calculations;
• Simple MO theory;
• Basics of mass spectrometry (molecular ions, isotope distributions);
• Interpretation of simple NMR spectra (chemical shift, multiplicity, integrals);
• Synthesis techniques: filtrations, drying of precipitates, thin layer chromatography.
• Synthesis in microscale equipment,;
• Advanced inorganic qualitative analysis;
• Gravimetric analysis;
• Use of a spectrophotometer;
• Theory and practice of extraction with immiscible solvents;
• Column chromatography;