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AL1130 Physics, Chemistry, Energy and the Environment for CL 14.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AL1130 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is divided into three parts

The first part deals with the environment and energy, energy systems and sustainable development. Global warming is an important example that will also serve as an introduction for methods on how to approach an environmental problem as well as the engineer’s role to handle and find solutions to an environmental problem.

The second part deals with: Chemical reactions and reaction formulas. Representation of chemical compounds with names, formulas and models. Atomic structure, periodic table, electron configuration, orbitals, models of chemical bonding, Lewis structures and VSEPR model. Chemical reactivity, kinetics, and equilibrium. Stoichiometry. Thermo- chemistry. Application examples. Laboratory safety and chemical hazards. Communicating chemistry.

The third part concerns: Fundamentals of electric and magnetic fields, Models of atoms, Band model for solids, Radiation especially heat radiation, Light sources, Laser, Laser metrology, Spectroscopy

The course includes an academic introduction that includes group dynamics, how to search for scientific information and how to write a scientific report.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Will be announced at the beginning of the course

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


  • INL2 - Assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN2 - Written exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN3 - Examination, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

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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Course web AL1130

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Education cycle

First cycle

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Hanna Nathaniel