Course code KJM230

KJM230 Physical Chemistry

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Course responsible: Morten Sørlie
Teachers: Anne Grethe Hamre, Roland Peter Kallenborn, Lene Ruud Lima, Anne Gravdahl, Salima Fjeld
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 6, maximum 90.
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
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.
Principles of quantum mechanics.
Learning outcome:

The course is split into three parts: thermodynamics, kinetics and simple quantum mechanics.

The students should, after completing the thermodynamics part, have knowledge and understanding of the principles behind spontaneous physical and chemical processes. The students should be able to use this knowledge and understanding for interpreting and explaining experimental data and predicting the result of a process when experimental conditions are given for a defined system.

In the kinetics part, the student should be able to decide on the order and rate law of a given reaction and use this for formulating a reaction mechanism for the reaction.

In the laboratory course, the students should, in practical experiments for identifying thermodynamic and kinetic values for physical and chemical processes, be able to utilise the theoretical principles they have been taught.

In addition, a short introduction to the principles of quantum mechanics will be given.

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

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


Physical Chemistry, Atkins.
General Chemistry equivalent to KJM100.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Laboratory exercises and up to two assignments.
Final written test, 3.5 hrs, counts 100 %.
Nominal workload:
Lectures: 26 hours.
Discussion groups: 26 hours.
Lab exercises: 25 hours.
Lab preparation: 10 hours.
Journal writing: 15 hours.
Individual study: 198 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
10 credits reduction againts the former course KJM130.
Type of course:
Lectures: 2 hours per week (13 weeks).
Discussion groups: 2 hours per week (13 weeks).
Laboratory exercises: 5 days, for 5 hours (25 hours).
An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks 25 randomly selected examination papers.
Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått