TMT4106 - General Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 80/100 4 hours C
Semester test 10/100 2 hours C
Semester test 10/100 2 hours C

Course content

Chemical equilibrium: pH-controlled equilibria, buffers, precipitation reactions, complexes, combination of equilibria. Heterogeneous equilibria: Gases, gas laws, gas solubility, activities, standard state. Thermochemistry: The laws of thermodynamics. Enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs free energy, criteria for spontaneity, calculation of K, van't Hoff. Phase equilibria for water and metals, iron-carbon phase diagram and steel. Electrochemistry: Description and function of galvanic cells, Nernst equation, concentration cells, thermodynamic data and K from electrochemistry. Applied electrochemistry: Corrosion and corrosion protection, passivity and Pourbaix diagram. Batteries, electrolysis. Binding theory: Covalent bonds, ionic bonds, metal bonds. Liquids and solids, forces between molecules, solubility. Inorganic Chemistry: The most important inorganic compounds and their properties and reactions, particularly related to materials, minerals and environmental issues. Organic chemistry: Hydrocarbons, N- and O-containing compounds. Addition and condensation polymers. Polymer structure and properties. Examples of the application of chemistry in a technological context and environmental issues.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should be able to: - Be able to describe important chemical reactions with balanced chemical equations and interpret such equations. - Describe important elements and inorganic compounds, especially related to key environmental issues. - Explain the chemical structure, structure and properties of different thermoplastics and hot plastics. - Describe bonding relationships in and between molecules and discuss properties based on this. - Calculate concentrations using equilibrium constants and thermodynamic data, and interpret the result. - Use thermodynamic relationships and data to assess equilibria at different concentrations and temperatures. - Calculate and interpret phase equilibria for water with dissolved gas or other compounds, for alloys and for steel. - Explain the function of and calculate voltages and current yields in electrochemical cells and know their use. - Explain and calculate areas for passivity and immunity of metals, as well as aeration cell corrosion in iron. - See the logical connection between different parts of the chemistry, especially equilibrium, thermochemistry and corrosion.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures (56 hours) and exercises (24 hours). 120 hours of self-study. 2/3 of the exercises are required for admission to the exam. Two written semester tests are given, and they count 10% each on the total grade. If these are not taken, you get a score of 0.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio evaluation with a final written exam and to mid-term tests. The final exam counts 80 % and each of the mid-term tests count 10 %. The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. If there is a resit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral. Results from the mid-term tests will then be included. Upon repetition of the whole subject, both mid-term tests and the exam must be repeated.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

1) R.H. Petrucci, F.G. Herring, J.D. Madura and C. Bissonnette, "General Chemistry. Principles and Modern Applications", 10th or 11th edition, Pearson Canada Inc., Toronto, Canada, 2011 or 2017 (NTNU-ed.)

2) Aylward and Findlay, SI Chemical Data, 7. Ed. Wiley, 2014 or older/newer ed.

3) Additional literature 

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KJ1000 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
TMT4100 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
TMT4110 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
TMT4112 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
TMT4115 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
SIK3003 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
SIK3005 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
KJ1001 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 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Semester test 10/100 C
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Semester test 10/100 C
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 80/100 C 2022-05-25 15:00 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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