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, 6 May 2012
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

  • discuss the consequences of the main laws of thermodynamic as well as the connection between intermolecular interactions 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 as well as reaction and phase equilibria, and interpret the results
  • use statistical considerations at a molecular level to calculate thermodynamic properties from spectroscopic data as well as interpret the results through reasoning about molecular properties
  • document laboratory work in laboratory journals, plan and carry out laboratory work in a correct way and present the results in a report
  • give examples how the course contents has importance for people 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 correspond to 3 HE credits. Laboratory sessions 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.