Course Details

Building Chemistry

Academic Year 2024/25

BCA001 course is part of 3 study plans

BPC-SI / VS Summer Semester 1st year

BKC-SI Summer Semester 1st year

BPA-SI Summer Semester 1st year

Course Guarantor


Language of instruction

Czech, English


5 credits



Forms and criteria of assessment

course-unit credit and examination

Offered to foreign students

To offer to students of all faculties

Course on BUT site


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, elective


1. Atomic mass, the mole, composition of nucleous, isotopes, radioactivity, atomic structure. 2. Quantum numbers, Pauli principle, Aufbau principle, Hund’s rule, periodic trends in atomic properties, periodic table. 3. Chemical bonds, polarity of bonds, chemical equations, stoichiometry, dissociation, pH. 4. Chemical kinetics, reaction rates, activated complex, catalysis, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium. 5. Phase states of matter, gases, liquids, solids, crystallography. 6. Dispersions – gels, suspensions, aerosols, emulsion, colloids, real solutes, tezides. 7. Properties of selected inorganic compounds of carbon and silicon, chemistry and degradation of glass. 8. Chemical composition and properties of natural and secondary raw materials used i building industry 9. Production, composition and chemical properties of lime, hydraulic lime, gypsum plaster, Portland cement, and high alumina cement. 10. Corrosion of binders, protection against degradation processes. 11. Electrochemistry, galvanic cells, standard reduction potentials, electrolysis, metals and their corrosion. 12. Chemistry of water and atmosphere. Chemical composition of wood and deterioration of timber structures. Bitumens. 13. Composition of polymers based on the carbon chain, their chemical stability. Composition and properties of silicones, chemical durability.


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, compulsory


1. Information regardeing laboratory session.

2. Acids. 3. Bases. 4. Neutralization and hydrolysis of slts. 5. Oxidation and reduction. 6. Lime, plaster of Paris. 7. Cements. 8. Other building materials. 9. Water. 10. Water in consuption and the environment. 11. Metals. 12. Properties of selected organic compounds. 13. Final test.