IMAK2001 - Kinetics and Thermodynamics


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written exam., Work and Midterm
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 15/100
Semester test 25/100 2 hours HJELPEMIDD
Home examination 60/100 3 hours

Course content

- Ideal and real gases: ideal gas law and van der Waals state equation

- First Law of Thermodynamics: Work and heat. Internal energy, enthalpy and heat capacity. Reversible processes.

- Second law of Thermodynamics: entropy, Gibbs energy, chemical equilibrium

- Phase equilibria for pure substances and ideal mixtures

- Colligative properties: vapor pressure reduction, freezing point reduction, boiling point elevation, osmotic pressure.

- Electrolyte solutions: Electrolyte conductivity, dissociation rate, ions transport, Debye-Hückel boundary law.

- Reaction kinetics: the rate law, half-life of a reaction, simple reaction mechanisms, rate-determining steps and catalysis.

Learning outcome

The candidate:
- Understands the behavior of gases, and can use ideal gas law and van der Waals state equation to evaluate gases deviation from ideality

- Has basic knowledge of thermodynamics and can calculate internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, heat and work for isochore, isobar, isotherm and adiabatic reversible processes.

- Can explain and apply relevant formulas for thermodynamic calculations to chemical reactions, and compare with calculations made in relevant computer tools (eg HSC Chemistry)

- Can explain the Ellingham diagram and know how it is used to find thermodynamic data

- Has basic knowledge of phase equivalents for pure substances and ideal mixtures, and can use phase diagrams to discuss phase transitions and phase composition

- Can use thermodynamics for solutions and mixtures to calculate relevant properties

- Have an overview of important concepts in reaction kinetics catalysis, can solve simple rate laws and explain selected reaction mechanisms

- Can plan and carry out laboratory work in kinetics and thermodynamics, and document the work in written reports

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and laboratory work.

Expected time consumption:
Lectures: 50 hours
Exercises: 35 hours
Laboratory course: 45 hours (includes preparation and report writting)
Self study: 70 hours
Total: 200 hours

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory work
  • Exercise

Further on evaluation

Facilities at the part-exam and final exam: SI Chemical Data and specific, simple calculator.

All compulsory work requirements (exercises and laboratory work) must be approved to take the final written examination. Laboratory work must be approved to provide laboratory report(s). Information about requirements for the number of approved exercises and details of mandatory activities in the laboratory work will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

In case of re-sit semester exam, written exam may be changed to oral exam. In case of re-sit exam, written exam may be changed to oral exam. Voluntary repeating of the final written exam and semester exam is possible, but not the laboratory report(s).

For applications for crediting, approval and integration of courses from previous years or other institutions' equivalent education, each application will be dealt with individually and the applicant must be able to count credits for overlapping courses.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Chemical engineering (FTHINGKJ)
Materials engineering (FTHINGMAT)

Required previous knowledge

Acess to course requires being accepted into the Bachelor in Engineering, Chemistry or Bachelor in Engineering, Materials Technology, NTNU, Trondheim.

Course materials

Gordon Aylward og Tristan Findlay: SI Chemical Data, Wiley, 7th Edition, 2014.

Morten Helbæk og Signe Kjelstrup: Fysikalsk kjemi, Fagbokforlaget, 2th Edition, 2006 or Peter Atkins og Julio De Paula: Physical Chemistry, Oxford University Press, 10th Edition, 2014.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Engineering Subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering



Examination arrangement: Written exam., Work and Midterm

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 15/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS work 15/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Semester test 25/100 HJELPEMIDD 2020-10-02 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 34
SL311 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 21
SL318 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring UTS Semester test 25/100 HJELPEMIDD INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 60/100

Release 2020-12-19

Submission 2020-12-19

Release 09:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 60/100

Release 2021-05-20

Submission 2021-05-20

Release 09:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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