Course code KJM230

KJM230 Physical Chemistry

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Course responsible: Morten Sørlie
Teachers: Anne Gravdahl, Anne Grethe Hamre, Salima Fjeld, Roland Peter Kallenborn, 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
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:

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 students 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 process.

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:
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: 203 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: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått