Syllabus for Physics for Chemists

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A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 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: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2011-12-16
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 34, 2012
  • Entry requirements: Linear Algebra and geometry I, 5 credits or the equivalent
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

After completion the course, the student should be able to

  • account for the meaning of Newton's equations and solve model problems based on these.

  • define basic quantities in electrostatics and solve problems in electrostatics of relevance for chemistry.

  • account for the basic concepts and the relationships in wave physics and apply these on model problems.

  • discuss about the effects of the basic relationships in fluid mechanics and solve model problems of relevance within chemistry.


Mechanics: Newton's equations, linear momentum, angular momentum, work, energy, rotational motion. Electrostatics: Coulomb's law, electric field strength, and potential, Gauss' theorem. Capacitors, electrostatic energy. Wave Physics: wave velocity, Doppler effect, reflection, refraction, dispersion, polarisation, interference and diffraction. Fluid Mechanics.


Lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work.


Written tests are organised at the end of the course and/or during 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. The final grade corresponds to a joining of the weighted average of the written examination and the laboratory sessions.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 34, 2012