Physical Chemistry

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1KB308

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Chemistry G1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 5 March 2024
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - Ångström

Entry requirements

Chemical Principles I, 10 credits, 5 credits in mathematics and participation in Single Variable Analysis, 10 credits.

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe various types of transport processes in solution using relevant concepts and carry out calculations on corresponding properties
  • discuss the properties of liquids, solutions and mixtures at interfaces and in the bulk, as well as describe surface-active substances and discuss the driving forces and properties of self-associating systems as well as carry out simple calculations of corresponding properties.
  • account for basic concepts in reaction kinetics and carry out calculations for reactions with several mechanism steps
  • choose appropriate experimental methods to determine reaction rates and apply this knowledge on relevant problems
  • account for basic photochemical and catalytic processes and reactions
  • plan and carry out laboratory work in a correct and safe way and carry out simple risk and security assessments
  • document laboratory work in a laboratory journal and oral/in writing account for the results of the laboratory session
  • give examples of how the course contents is relevant to people and the environment.


Transport processes: conductivity in electrolytes, diffusion, viscosity, sedimentation, ultracentrifugation, electrokinetics. the Surface chemistry and intermolecular forces wetting, surface tension, Laplace pressure, amphiphilic molecules, surface films, surface excesses, self aggregation Born energy. Kinetics reaction rate, reaction order, reaction mechanisms, relaxation methods, steady-state approximation, activation energy, activated complex, Arrhenius 'equation, chain reactions, photochemical reactions, quantum yield homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, adsorption isotherms, Lambert-Beers's law.


Lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions.


Written test at the end of the course (6 credits). A passing grade furthermore requires passed laboratory sessions (4 credits).

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.

Other directives

Cannot be included in a higher education qualification together with 1KB001 Chemical Principles II, 1KB301 Physical Chemistry or

1KB307 Physical Chemistry I.