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 for liquids and mixtures, free energies, partition functions, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, electrochemistry, intermolecular forces, adsorption, 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.

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.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

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: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 A 2021-05-21 09:00 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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