Syllabus for The Basic Principles of Chemistry

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  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1KB013
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry G1N

    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: 2014-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2014
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - BMC

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Account for electronic structure in atoms and the theoretical background to the periodic table, as well as different types of chemical bonds.
  • Account for and perform simple numerical calculations related to intermolecular forces involved in solutions, mixtures and in the properties of liquids
  • Account for the meaning of commonly encountered values and concepts in reaction kinetics and carry out calculations in basic kinetics.
  • Account for basic concepts as well as carry out calculations in stoichiometry, equilibria and basic thermodynamics.
  • Describe different types of transport processes in solution as well as carry out simple calculations of corresponding properties
  • Carry out relatively basic laboratory work in a correct and safe manner, carry out simple risk and safety analyses, as well as document laboratory work in a laboratory journal in a scientifically correct manner.
  • Describe the implications of the course content for people and the environment


Basic descriptive organic and inorganic chemistry, chemical bonding, intermolecular and intramolecular forces and their effects on the physical properties of substances, stoichiometry, basic kinetics, thermodynamics and electrochemistry, equilibria including buffer systems, surface tension, surfactants, conductivity, diffusion, viscosity and sedimentation. Technological applications related to the content of the course ; laboratory technique, basic risk assessment.


Lectures, exercises, laboratory sessions, seminars and project


Written examinations are organised during and at the end of the course and correspond to 9 credits. The laboratory sessions correspond to 5 credits and the project corresponds to 1 credit. The final grade is a weighted average of the results of the different parts of the course.

Other directives

The course can not be included in higher education qualification together with 1KB001 and 1KB007.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 33, 2014

  • Atkins, P. W.; Jones, Loretta.; Laverman, Leroy. Chemical principles : the quest for insight

    6th ed., International ed.: New York: W.H. Freeman and Company, 2013

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  • Aylward and Findlay's SI chemical data Blackman, Allan; Gahan, Lawrence R. Aylward, Gordon Hillis; Findlay, Tristan John Victor

    7.ed.: Milton, Qld.: John Wiley & Sons, 2014

    Find in the library