TKJ4215 - Statistical Thermodynamics in Chemistry and Biology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The course introduces the basis of statistical thermodynamics with examples from chemistry and biology: entropy and Boltzmann distribution law, lattice models for liquids and mixtures, free energies, partition functions, chemical equilibrium, kinetics and transport processes, electrochemistry, intermolecular forces, adsorption, phase transitions, catalysis, and polymers.

Learning outcome

After the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Explain the basic concepts and principles in statistical thermodynamics.
  • Use lattice models to study basic phenomena in chemistry and nanoscience.
  • Construct new models based on the basic principles in statistical thermodynamics.


  • Use Python programming to solve exercise

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. Obligatory programming exercises in Python.

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

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, only the written exam is repeated.

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

K. A. Dill & S. Bromberg, Molecular Driving Forces: Statistical Thermodynamics in Chemistry and Biology, Garland Science, 2nd ed. 2011.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
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 A 2024-05-22 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 30
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 A 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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