TKJ4162 - Physical Chemistry: Chemical Thermodynamics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course consists of a theoretical and a practical part.

The theoretical part covers the first and second law, chemical equilibrium,

thermodynamics of mixtures (binary and tertiary mixtures, alloys), colligative properties, and phase equilibria. Basic knowledge about electrochemical cells. Mean activity coefficients of electrolytes.

The laboratory course consists of projects in calorimtery, phase equilibria and enthalpy of vaporization of pure liquids (digital demo). The students study properties that are lectured in the theory, calculates and evaluates thermodynamic data from their own measurements, and compares the results to results found in literature.

Learning outcome

After finishing the course, the student is expected to: - Know the laws of thermodynamics and be able to explain how they are derived. - Use these laws to calculate the heat and work produced in central processes in nature and engineering. Examples contain phase transitions, chemical and electrochemical reactions. - Be able to define a partial molar property, and understand when these properties are relevant. - explain Gibbs-Duhem's equation and know how it is derived. - explain the Ellingham diagram and know how it is used to obtain thermodynamic data. - Be able to evaluate measured properties, as they are obtained in the laboratory. - Be able to describe the movement of ions and molecules. - Know how to write a professional report from a laboratory project. - Know how to handle in a responsible way regarding safety issues in relation to practical experiments.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (4 hours), exercises (2 hours per week) and laboratory work (20 hours). As part of the compulsory laboratory course includes a mandatory (subject specific) safety lecture. Attendance required to access the laboratory. Normally this will take place in the week before the lab-exercises start. Students are responsible for finding information when the lectures start and any required activities in courses via NTNU's website and Blackboard. Ask the Department if anything is unclear. Information about the time-schedule of the required activities during the semester will be announced by the course coordinator at the beginning of the semester on Blackboard. The laboratory course and 50% of the exercises have to be approved before the final examination. Also, attendance at the HMS lecture is compulsory.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved exercises
  • Approved laboratory courses

Further on evaluation

The lab activities and the exercises have to be approved before the student is allowed to do the exam. The exam grade will be 100% based on the written exam. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. For a re-take of an examination, the assessments during the course do not have to be re-taken.

Course materials

M. Helbæk og S. Kjelstrup: Fysikalsk kjemi, 2.utg., Fagbokforlaget 2006. Pensum is also based on P.W. Atkins: Physical Chemistry, 6. ed., Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford, 1998. Lab manual: Prosjekter i fysikalsk kjemi grunnkurs

Alternative book

P.W. Atkins: Physical Chemistry, Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford. Lab manual: Projects in physical chemistry.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KJ1042 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
TMT4276 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
TKJ4160 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
KJ1040 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
TKJE2002 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
TKJ4202 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Energy and Process Engineering
  • Electrochemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemistry


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-05-13 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 61
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 5
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
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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