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Postgraduate course

Chemical Thermodynamics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeKJEM210
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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Teaching semester

Autumn. Limited capacity.

Objectives and Content

The course gives a thorough description of the laws of thermodynamics, as well as chosen subjects within reaction kinetics. The course builds on fundamental concepts in thermodynamics and kinetics that were introduced in KJEM110. Topics covered include chemical equilibrium, phase equilibria, phase diagrams and transitions, and properties of liquid mixtures and solutions. The course also contains a laboratory part where some parts of the theoretical syllabus is illustrated. In addition, the laboratory course provides the students with hands-on experience with assessing the uncertainty of qualitative measurement data.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM210 the student will have the following:


The student is able to

  • Explain thermodynamic laws, variables and functions and their practical significance
  • Derive important thermodynamic relations
  • Perform numerical calculations of thermodynamic variables
  • Apply thermodynamic principles to analyze practical problems
  • Derive rate laws for simple reactions, and evaluate the validity of reaction mechanisms


The student is able to

  • Use Excel to manage experimental measurements and present them in graphs
  • Document laboratory experiments


The student is able to

  • Disseminate and evaluate results from chemistry experiments in the laboratory
  • Evaluate the uncertainty in quantitative measurements

Required Previous Knowledge

KJEM110 or equivalent (basic principles of general chemistry)

Recommended Previous Knowledge

MAT101(basic principles of gneral chemistry and mathematics)

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

K104: 10stp, K104A: 10stp, FARM210: 10stp

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • In order to obtain approval of the mandatory activities, and therefore gain access to the final exam, one must submit mandatory assignments of a satisfactory standard within the set deadlines. Mandatory assignments should be your own work
  • Serious violations of the HSE rules wil lead to a loss of the right to complete the laboratory course.
  • it is not possible to use more then 3 attempts (semesters) to complete the laboratory course.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam (4h).

 Due to the measures taken to avoid the spread of Covid-19, UiB is closed for on-campus assessment. As a consequence, the following changes is made to assessment autumn semester 2020:

  • Written home examination instead of written examination

Examination Support Material

Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in 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.


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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    15.02.2021, 09:00
    4.5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam