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KA1020 Fundamental 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 KA1020 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Balancing chemical reactions, stoichiometry
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • An introduction to the theoretical foundations of chemistry: electronic structure of atoms, chemical bonding, isomerism, chemical reactivity, the structure of the periodic system
  • General thermodynamics, enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs energy, thermochemical problems
  • Ideal gas law, partial pressure
  • Chemical equilibrium and the law of mass action with applications to acid-base equilibria, complex equilibria, solubility equilibria, redox equilibria, and partition equilibria  
  • pH in acid and basic solutions
  • Chemical nomenclature
  • Electrochemistry, electrochemical cells
  • Chemical instrumental methods of analysis, spectroscopy
  • Historical examples of advances in chemistry and environmental problems with relations to chemistry
  • Practical laborations, chemical work environment, safety regulations, chemical analysis and synthesis

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Balance chemical reactions, solve stoichiometric and thermodynamic problems
  • Solve problems related to atomic structure and chemical bonding
  • Solve problems related to chemical equilibria, gases, electrochemistry, organic nomenclature, and spectroscopy
  • Perform elementary chemical laboratory work with respect to work environment, safety regulations, and safe handling of chemicals, as well as compile and communicate the results in writing in a clear manner.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in English corresponding to English A. For students who received/will receive their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows: documented proficiency in mathematics corresponding to Mathematics A.

And the specific requirements of mathematics, physics and chemistry corresponding to Mathematics E, Physics B and Chemistry A.

Recommended prerequisites

General as well as specific admission requirements for all Master of Science in Engineering programmes

Mandatory for CENMI study year 1 and CINEK study year 2 (BIOI).


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Introducing inorganic, organic and physical chemistry
Third Edition
Andrew Burrows, John Holman, Andrew Parsons, Gwen Pilling, and Gareth Price

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


  • LAB1 - Laborations, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 5.5 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1; 5,5 credits)
Labaratoy Work (LAB1; 2 credits)

The final rating is the same as on the examan obtained by approved laboratory work.

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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web KA1020

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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