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AF1003 Material and Water Chemistry 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF1003 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Dissolved substances in water.

Chemical equilibrium, acids, bases, solubility of minerals.

Soil and water pollution.

Properties of materials.

Carbon-based materials: Asphalt, plastics wood.

Calcium-based materials and other mineral materials.

Metals: Materials and corrosion processes.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course is completed the student shall be able to:

  • Understand chemical processes in water and the factors that influence water quality
  • Describe polymer materials, wood, mortar and concrete and metals, and processes that influence durability of these materials.
  • Evaluate how a certain water quality may influence durability of a steel or concrete structure.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Natural Resources Theory

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Burström P.G., Byggnadsmaterial, Studentlitteratur , Lund.
  • Gustafsson, J.P., Jacks, G., Simonsson, M. & Nilsson, I. 2005. Soil and water chemistry. Compendium.
  • Compendium for laboratory and excercise work.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Approved laboratory work (LAB1; 3 cr)
Examination (TEN1; 4,5 cr)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ABE/Civil and Architectural Engineering

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Building Materials and Building Physics besides Environmental Aquatic Chemistry.


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