Chemical Physics

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1KB700

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Chemistry G2F, Physics G2F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - Ångström

Entry requirements

60 credits in chemistry including Quantum Mechanics, Chemical Bonding and Spectroscopy, 10 credits, or Physical Chemistry I, 10 credits, or the equivalent.

Learning outcomes

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

  • discuss fundamental theoretical principles and models and solve conceptual problems in chemical reaction dynamics, electron- and energy transfer
  • describe the basic principles of photophysics, photochemistry and lasers
  • solve numerical problems related to the course content
  • perform advanced laboratory experiments related to the course content, analyse and report the results and discuss them in context


Chemical reaction dynamics: collision theory, transition state theory, bimolecular diffusion-reaction models, potential energy surfaces, barriers and transitions, ultra-fast dynamics, electron and energy transfer. Excited states and basic photochemistry. Semiconductors and solar cells. Lasers in chemistry. Electronic circuits. Optical and electronic measurements. Sources and reduction of noise.


Lectures, problem solving classes, demonstrations and laboratory exercises.


Written (8 credits) at the end of the course. The laboratory course corresponds to 2 credits. The final grade comprises a weighed sum of the of the written examination and the laboratory course.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.