Syllabus for Physics for Chemists

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  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1KB302
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G1F, Chemistry G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2008-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 24, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Linear Algebra and geometry I, 5 credits or the equivalent
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

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

  • explain the relationships between energy, force and motion, as well as solve model problems based on these relationships
  • define basic quantities in electrostatics and solve problems in electrostatics that are of relevance to chemistry.
  • draw conclusions about trends in molecular vibrations on the basis of theories of periodic motion
  • discuss the basic concepts of and relationships in wave mechanics and apply these to model problems.


Mechanics: Newton's equations, linear momentum, angular momentum, work, energy, rotational motion. Electrostatics: Coulomb's law, electric field strength and potential, electric dipole. Capacitors, electrostatic energy. Periodic motion , vibrations. Basic wave mechanics , diffraction, interference.


Lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work.


Written tests are organised at the end of the course and correspond 4 credits. The laboratory sessions correspond to 1 credit. All subparts must be passed in order to receive a pass grade on the course. 
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

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.