KJM230 Physical Chemistry

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Morten Sørlie

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Limits of class size:90

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:

  • Lectures: 26 hours.
  • Colloquia: 26 hours.
  • Lab exercises: 20 hours.
  • Lab preparation: 10 hours.
  • Journal writing: 15 hours.
  • Individual study: 153 hours.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.

About this course

  • 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 chemical calculations. 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 chemical calculations can 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.

  • Lectures. Colloquia with teacher. Laboratory exercises (compulsory).
  • Office hours, e-mail (morten.sorlie@nmbu.no) and direct contact during lectures/colloquia.


  • General Chemistry equivalent to KJM100.
  • Final written exam, 3.5 hrs, counts 100 %.

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

  • An external examiner approves the examination questions and marks a minimum of 25 selected examination papers.
  • Laboratory exercises.
    • Lectures: 2 hours per week (13 weeks).
    • Discussion groups: 2 hours per week (13 weeks).
    • Laboratory exercises: 5 days, for 4 hours.
  • Special requirements in Science