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: 2013-04-19
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 31, 2013
  • Entry requirements: Linear Algebra and geometry I, 5 credits or the equivalent
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

After completing 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 the basic relationships in fluid mechanics and solve related 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, electric dipole. Capacitors, electrostatic energy. Periodic movement, vibrations. Basic wave physics, diffraction, interference. Basic fluid Mechanics.


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. 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 36, 2013

  • Sears and Zemansky's university physics : with modern physics. Young, Hugh D.; Freedman, Roger A.; Ford, A. Lewis; Sears, Francis Weston

    13th ed., international edition: San Francisco: Pearson Addison Wesley, cop. 2012

    13th edition or the latest edition.

    Find in the library

  • Nordling, Carl; Österman, Jonny Physics handbook for science and engineering

    8., [rev.] ed.: Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2006

    Find in the library