Undergraduate course

Molecular Physical Chemistry

ECTS Credits


Level of Study




Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course contains elementary quantum mechanical models to: 1) extend the chemical bonding theory from KJEM110 (and KJEM120) and: 2) provide a basic understanding of a selection of important spectroscopic methods like for instance UV/Vis and IR. The course also comprises elementary statistical mechanics (for instance the Boltzmann distribution) to provide a basic molecular understanding of physical and thermodynamical concepts that are introduced in KJEM110. Specific examples will be shown of how molecular properties, by means of simple quantum mechanical models and spectroscopic data, via statistical mechanics can explain and systematize macroscopic thermodynamical properties. These include for instance chemical reactions, solutions, ideal and real monoatomic and polyatomic gases, equilibrium constants in gaseous phase, lattices, absorption etc. Freely available software is used for visualization and calculations on the course.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM140 the student should be able to:

  • perform simple quantum mechanical calculations on small molecules.
  • explain how molecular information can be obtained using spectroscopic methods on simple system.
  • show and explain the connection between molecular properties and macroscopic termodynamical properties via statistical mechanics.
  • perform simple statistical calculation on assemblies of molecules.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

KJEM120, PHYS101, MAT101/MAT111

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

KJEM212: 5stp

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Mandatory written exercises. Participation in minimum 6 colloquium. Compulsory work are valid for five following semesteres.

Forms of Assessment

Approved mandatory written exercises.
Written exam (4h).

Examination Support Material

Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department


Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

Contact information for the course coordinator is available at «Mitt UiB», alternatively contact the student advisor.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Chemistry are administratively responsible for the course.


Contact Information

Contact information, student advisor: Studierettleiar@kj.uib.no

Tlf 55 58 34 45

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    06.06.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam