Course code KJM230

KJM230 Physical Chemistry

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Course responsible: Morten Sørlie
Teachers: Åsmund Røhr Kjendseth, Anne Gravdahl, Salima Fjeld, Lene Ruud
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
Course contents:
  • Ideal and real gases.
  • The first law of thermodynamics.
  • The second law of thermodynamics.
  • The third law of thermodynamics.
  • Phase limits and phase changes.
  • Phase diagrams.
  • Equilibrium.
  • Electrochemistry.
  • Kinetics.
  • Principles of quantum mechanics.
Learning outcome:

Central skilles in quantitative and qualitative analysis must be taught, practiced, and developed in central themes in physical chemistry. The course is split into three parts: thermodynamics, kinetics and simple quantum mechanics. After completion of KJM230 Physical Chemistry the student should have the following learning outcomes:


The students should

  • Have knowledge and understanding of the first and second law of thermodynamics and use this to study what is the basis for spontaneous physical and chemical processes.
  • Understand that thermodynamic parameters such as free energy, entropy and enthalpy are state functions and their consequences when describing physical and chemical processes.
  • Determine reaction order and rate laws for chemical reactions and use this to propose reaction mechanisms for the describe process.
  • Understand why quantum mechanics must be used to describe chemical systems.
  • Use theoretical principles in practical experiments in the laboratory to determine thermodynamic and kinetic values for physical and chemical processes.


The student should

  • Handle chemical, Health Safety and Environment sheets and evaluate safety in the laboratory.
  • Being able to prepare and execute simple laboratory exercises and report and evaluate the results.
  • Have theoretical skills in analyzing and solve chemical problems 

 General competence

The student should

  • Have good practice in solving theoretical problems.
  • Basic knowledge on laboratory work and techniques.
  • Be able to derive equations and contexts from the same starting point.

In the laboratory course, the student should be able to use the obtained theoretical principles in practical exercises to determine thermodynamic and kinetic values for physical and chemical processes. 

Learning activities:
Lectures. Colloquia with teacher. Laboratory exercises (compulsory).
Teaching support:

Office hours, e-mail ( and direct contact during lectures/colloquia.


Physical Chemistry, Atkins (ed.10)
General Chemistry equivalent to KJM100.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Laboratory exercises.

Final written exam, 3.5 hrs, counts 100 %.

The laboratory exersises must be approved in order to access to exam.

Nominal workload:
  • Lectures: 26 hours.
  • Colloquia: 26 hours.
  • Lab exercises: 20 hours.
  • Lab preparation: 10 hours.
  • Journal writing: 15 hours.
  • Individual study: 153 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
  • Lectures: 2 hours per week (13 weeks).
  • Discussion groups: 2 hours per week (13 weeks).
  • Laboratory exercises: 5 days, for 4 hours.
An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks a minimum of 25 selected examination papers.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: Letter grades