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, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - Ångström

Entry requirements

10 credits in mathematics, participation in Several Variable Calculus, and 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.

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.