Physical Chemistry

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1KB308

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Chemistry G1F
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 16 March 2010
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - Ångström

Entry requirements

Chemical Principles I, 10 credits, Single variable calculus, 10 credits.

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe various types of transport processes in solution with use of relevant concepts and carry out calculations on corresponding properties
  • relate intermolecular forces to the properties of liquids, solutions and mixtures and describe the properties of surface active subjects and account for the driving force for selfassociating systems
  • apply relevant relations for systems with surface active molecules to calculate molecular parameters
  • account for basic concepts in reaction kinetics and carry out calculations for reactions with several mechanism steps
  • choose appropriate experimental methods to determine reaction rates and apply this knowledge on relevant problems
  • account for basic photochemical and catalytic processes and reactions
  • plan and carry out laboratory work in a correct and safe way and carry out simple risk and security assessments
  • Document laboratory work in a laboratory journal and oral/in writing account for the results of the laboratory session
  • give examples of how the course contents is relevant to man and the environment and how different parts of the course relate to activities within society and industry


<em>Transport processes:</em> conductivity in electrolytes, diffusion, viscosity, sedimentation, centrifugation and kinetic gas theory. the <em>Surface chemistry and intermolecular forces</em>: wetting, surface tension, Laplace pressure, Kelvin's equation, amphiphilic molecules, surface films, surface excesses, self aggregationBorn energy. <em>Kinetics</em>: reaction rate, reaction order, reaction mechanisms, relaxation methods, steady-state approximation, activation energy, activated complex, Arrhenius 'equation, chain reactions, photochemical reactions, quantum yield homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, adsorption isotherms, Lambert-Beers's law.


Lectures, teaching sessions, laboratory sessions. Furthermore, training to search takes place and compile scholarly information in a smaller project and to present this oral and/or written.


Written or oral test at the end of the course (5 HE credits). A passing grade furthermore requires passed laboratory sessions (3 HE credits) and passed project (2 HE credits). The final grades correspond to a weighted average of the results of the theoretical test and the laboratory work.