Syllabus for Chemical Thermodynamics

Kemisk termodynamik


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1KB300
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry G1F, Technology G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2003-03-18
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 24, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 10 credits in mathematics, participation in Several Variable Calculus, and Chemical Principles I/Basic Chemistry, 10 credits, or Basic Materials Chemistry, 5 credits.
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • discuss the consequences of the main laws of thermodynamic as well as the connection between intermolecular interactions and changes of state
  • calculate changes in thermodynamic properties for various types of changes of state, both within a phase and for phase transitions
  • carry out thermodynamic calculations on different types of mixtures as well as reaction and phase equilibria, and interpret the results
  • use statistical considerations at a molecular level to calculate thermodynamic properties from spectroscopic data as well as interpret the results through reasoning about molecular properties
  • document laboratory work in laboratory journals, plan and carry out laboratory work in a correct way and present the results in a report
  • give examples how the course contents has importance for people and environment


The laws of thermodynamics; enthalpy, entropy, internal energy, free energy, chemical potential, phase equilibria; mixtures, solutions, colligative properties and chemical reaction equilibrium; Boltzmann's distribution law, ensembles and partition functions; Laboratory methodology. Numerical calculations of thermodynamic properties.


Lectures, problem-solving sessions and laboratory work.


Written examinations are organised at the end of the course correspond to 3 HE credits. Laboratory sessions correspond to 2 HE credits. For a pass mark, it is required that all the parts have been assessed passed. The final grade corresponds to a weighted average of the results from the written examination, the laboratory work. 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 02, 2020

  • Atkins, P. W.; De Paula, Julio Atkins' physical chemistry

    9. ed.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010

    Always use the latest edition.

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