TKJ4215 - Statistical Thermodynamics in Chemistry and Biology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 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, free energies, partition functions, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, electrostatics and intermolecular forces, electrolytes, cooperativity, adsorption, catalysis, water, 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.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. Obligatory programming exercises in Python. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

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

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.

Course materials

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


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 A 2018-05-16 09:00
Summer UTS Written examination 100/100 A
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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