The Basic Principles of Chemistry

15 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1KB013

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Chemistry G1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 25 April 2016
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - BMC

Entry requirements

General entry requirements and Biology 2, Physics 1a/1b1+1b2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 or Biology B, Physics A, Chemistry B, Mathematics D

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Account for electronic structure in atoms and the theoretical background to the periodic table, and relate these to the properties of elements
  • Account for the meaning of commonly encountered values and concepts in stoichiometry, equilibria, basic thermodynamics and basic reaction kinetics, as well as and carry out calculations within these fields
  • Explain the different types of chemical bonds and intermolecular forces and relate these to the physical properties of matter, carry out simple calculations regarding intermolecular forces relevant to different types of transport processes in solution
  • Carry out relatively basic laboratory work in a correct and safe manner, carry out simple risk and safety analyses, as well as document laboratory work in a laboratory journal in a scientifically correct manner.
  • Describe the implications of the course content for people and the environment


, Electronic structure of the atom, basic quantum mechanical concepts, periodic table, stoichiometry, basic kinetics, thermodynamics and electrochemistry, equilibria including buffer systems, chemical bonding, intermolecular and intramolecular forces and their effects on the physical properties of substances, surface tension, surfactants, conductivity, diffusion, viscosity and sedimentation. Technological applications related to the content of the course ; laboratory technique, basic risk assessment.


Lectures, exercises, laboratory sessions, seminars and project


Written examinations are organised during and at the end of the course and correspond to 5 and 4 credits respectively. The laboratory sessions correspond to 5 credits and the project corresponds to 1 credit. The final grade is a weighted average of the results of the different parts of the course.

Other directives

The course can not be included in higher education qualification together with 1KB001 Chemical Principles II and 1KB007 Basic Chemistry / 1KB000 Chemical Principles I.