TMT4115 - General Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The theoretical part contains the gas laws, chemical equilibria and the law of mass action, acids and bases, aqueous equilibria, solubility and complex formation, basic thermodynamics and electrochemistry. Introduction to chemical kinetics. Examples and problems related to the UN goals for sustainable development: chemistry in the atmosphere, acid rain, CO2 and carbonate equilibria, energy resources, hydrogen as an energy carrier, electrochemical energy storage. A compulsory safety course, including fire prevention and first aid has to be passed in order for admission to the laboratory course.

Learning outcome

The most important learning outcomes in TMT4115 are associated with quantitative treatment of aqueous equilibria and the relation between Gibbs free energy and equilibrium constants and electrode potentials. After a successfully completed course the student masters the theoretical and experimental foundation necessary for following a second course in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry as well as in chemical process engineering. The student can upon successful course completion

- Name simple inorganic and organic compounds

- Quantitatively relate the number of moles of a substance to its concentration and solution volume - Calculate theoretical yield and determine the limiting reactant

- Relater pressure, temperature and volume for ideal gas and gases complying with the van der Waal equation of state

- Caluclate the internal energy for an ideal gas

- Describe and identify acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions and precipitation reactions in aqueous solutions - Balance such reactions

- Find the equilibrium concentrations in reactions between gases, solids, liquids and solutes based on the law of mass action and activities

- Determine the direction of a reaction based on the reaction quotient or on the Le Châtelier principle

- Formulate the electroneutrality condition and mass and proton balances for aqueous (dilute) ionic solutions, including polyprotic acids and solutions containing more than one solute

- Establish exact equations for calculation of pH based on these balances

- Calculate pH and solubility based on such balances and adequate approximations

- Calculate pH and solubility based graphical methods - Calculate pH and solubility for titration experiments and buffers

- Account for the effect of addition of complexes and pH changes on solubility

- Account for the use of solubility principles in qualitative inorganic analysis

- Define central concepts in chemical thermodynamics: Isolated, closed, and open systems, heat, work, state function, reversible vs irreversible processes, heat capacity, the thermodynamic laws (0., 1., 2. og 3.), entropy, enthalpy, Gibbs' free energy, calorimetry

- Make quantitative use of these relations - Account for the relation between equilibrium constant, Gibbs' free energy, and electrode potential, and for a (simplified) derivation of these relations

- Calculate cell potentials in in electrochemical cells from Gibbs' free energy, from standard electrode potential and from the Nernst equation, including concentration cells

- Define reaction rate and its measurement - Establish rate equations for a given reaction order and integration of such equations up to and including first order reactions

- Define activation energy and compute changes in reaction rate with temperature - Perform simple chemical analyses in the laboratory (for example acid-base titration, determination of formula weights, calorimetry)

- Asses laboratory safety and plan and perform safe experiments in the lab

- Apply these skills to problems related to the UN sustainability goals

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught through lectures and written exercises. The exercises are compulsory and 70% must be approved together with the laboratory course and several semester tests, to give access to the final exam, which may include topics that have been treated in the laboratory course. The problem sets include opportunities for training in the use of digital tools for solution of problems in chemistry as well as application of the theory to problems related to the UN sustainability goals (see description of course contents). The project work during Teknostart is part of the course. The assessment in the course is based on a final written exam. The total workload is 200 hours including lectures, problem sets, and self study.

Compulsory assignments

  • Semester tests
  • Exercises
  • Laboratory work

Further on evaluation

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

Specific conditions

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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (MTKJ)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the course requires studying at 5-year master's degree programme in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Course materials

R. H. Petrucci, G. G. Herring, J. D. Madura and C. Bissonnette, "General Chemistry. Principles and Modern Applications", 11. ed., Pearson, Toronto (2017), abridged NTNU edition. A. Blackman and L. R. Gahan, Aylward & Findlay's SI Chemical Data, 7. utg., Wiley, 2014. Printed material and alternative text books are announced at the start of the course. "TMT4110/TMT4115 Laboratoriekurs i generell kjemi" compendium will be made available to the students in the lab.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIK3015 7.5
KJ1000 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
KJ0001 3.5 AUTUMN 2011
TMT4100 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
TMT4106 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
TMT4112 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
KJ1001 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
TKJE1002 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
TKJE1006 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
TMT4110 6.0 AUTUMN 2022
KJ1002 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C 2022-12-13 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 C 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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