General Chemistry (includes inorganic chemistry, basics of organic and physical chemistry)

General Chemistry is a terms that unifies several branches of chemical science such as inorganic chemistry, basics of organic chemistry and physical chemistry. Depending on the topic of your essay, various resources (books, reviews, research articles) from multiple fields of science should be consulted. Although the majority of General Chemistry modules in the UK cover only basics of this science (and thus most information for your essay could be found in the books recommended to you by your module tutor), additional research on your topic in resent scientific publications is always welcomed. Reviewing of up-to-date information demonstrates not only your ability to learn the things taught at the classes but also to research and interpret new data. The latter is the most important skill for any independent researcher and something that, in the short terms, would bring you excellent marks.

Clear well-defined structure with logical and coherent flow of information is critically important. Your essay should tell a “story”, which would include basic well-established facts, more recent findings (which might, on some occasions, contradict the existing dogmas), their interpretations and relevant scientific theories, as well as existing gaps in the knowledge. Even though general chemistry is a well-established scientific discipline, lots of new findings published these days challenge the existing views.

Whatever topic of general chemistry you are writing about, you should emphasize the fact that structure of chemical compounds dictates their chemical behaviour and physical properties. As a result, there is a significant degree of interconnection between different branches of chemical sciences. In their work, chemists always have to use both synthetic approaches and physical analytical methods to confirm the structure of the molecules. Emphasizing these connections in your essay would significantly improve its quality.

Research data and examples selected for essay should follow the logics of your essay. They should be not just relevant, but arranged in an order that helps to illustrate the right points at the right time. This would make the essay easily readable and understandable. Ability to communicate your thought clearly is always one of the points your essay will be marked for.