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Undergraduate course

Molecular Physical Chemistry

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeKJEM215
  • Number of semesters1
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Objectives and Content

The course introduces elementary quantum mechanical models for different kinds of molecular motion, for instance translation, rotation and vibration. In turn, these models provide a basic understanding of:

1) Atomic and molecular properties, chemical bonding and intermolecular interactions.

2) Important spectroscopic methods such as UV/Vis, IR, MW and NMR.

In addition, by using statistical thermodynamics it is demonstrated how molecular properties obtained from simple quantum mechanical models and spectroscopic data, can explain macroscopic thermodynamical properties, primarily for ideal gases and their reactions and equilibria.

The course also includes a few simple examples from topics like adsorption, surface phenomena and macromolecules.

Freely available software is used for visualisation and calculation during the course.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM140 the student will have the following:


The student

  • knows about important quantum mechanical principles
  • knows about basic principles for selected spectroscopic methods


The student

  • is able to describe the quantum mechanical properties of simple modes of motion
  • is able to discuss atomic electronic structure theory, chemical bonding models, and intermolecular forces
  • is able to explain how molecular information can be obtained using spectroscopic methods on simple system
  • is able to explain how statistical thermodynamics connects molecular properties and macroscopic thermodynamical features


The student

  • can perform simple quantum mechanical calculations for selected molecular systems
  • can perform simple statistical calculation on assemblies of small molecules in the gaseous phase

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

KJEM120, PHYS102 or PHYS101, MAT101

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.

Digital written exam (4h), counts for 100% of the final grade.

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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    08.06.2023, 15:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam