Chemical Thermodynamics

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1KB300

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Chemistry G1F, Technology G1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 27 April 2010
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - Ångström

Entry requirements

Multivariable analysis, 5 credits and either Chemical Principles I/Basic chemistry, 10 credits or Basic materials chemistry, 5 credits.

Learning outcomes

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

  • account for the contents in and discuss about the consequences of the thermodynamic main laws
  • discuss about the connection between intermolecular interactions and state equations and changes of state
  • calculate changes in thermodynamic properties for various types of changes of state, both within a phase and for phase transitions
  • carry out thermodynamic calculations on different types of mixtures and reaction and phase equilibria
  • calculate thermodynamic properties from spectroscopic data and discuss about how statistical considerations at the molecular level are linked to the equilibrium properties for a macroscopic system
  • document laboratory work in laboratory journals, plan and carry out laboratory work in a correct way and present the results in a report
  • discuss around how the course contents has importance for man and environment


The laws of thermodynamics; enthalpy, entropy, internal energy, free energy, chemical potential, phase equilibria; mixtures, solutions, colligative properties and chemical reaction equilibrium; Boltzmann's distribution law, ensembles and partition functions; Laboratory methodology. Numerical calculations of thermodynamic properties.


Lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work.


Written examinations are organised at the end of the course and/or during the course and corresponds to 3 HE credits. Laboratory sessions and projects/assignments correspond to 2 HE credits. For a pass mark, it is required that all the parts have been assessed passed. The final grade corresponds to a weighted average of the results from the written examination, the laboratory work.