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 students will learn about 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.

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.
  • 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. 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. 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.

Expected work load in the course is 200-225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved exercises
  • Approved laboratory courses

Further on evaluation

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 2024

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 2024-05-25 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 8
SL310 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 80
SL310 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 46
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 30
SL326 Sluppenvegen 14 1
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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