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KD1030 Chemical Equilibria 6.0 credits

A course on chemical equilibria.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD1030 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Chemical equilibria and the law of mass action as applied to:

  • Acid-base equilibria
  • Complex formation equilibria
  • Solubility equilibria
  • Redox equilibria
  • Distribution equilibria

The above parts will be mainly dealt with in lectures and class exercises. Knowledge gained in equilibrium theory will be employed when solving practical problems as a project task by means of a computer. Another application of chemical equilibria will be the laboratory exercises dealing with separation of metal ions.

Intended learning outcomes

This course aims at providing the students with sufficient knowledge for them to master equilibrium problems. They should acquire the skill for subjecting these problems to critical analysis as well as assessing the results in terms of reasonableness.

After completed course the student should be able to:

• Identify the unknown variables in the problem

• Find as many equations as there are variables

• Make reasonable approximations for solving the problem without recourse to a computer

• Control the approximations being adequate

• Bring the correct stochiometry to bear on any equilibrium problem

• Utilize correct charge balance whenever ions participate

• Make the correct link between partial pressures and concentrations

• Calculate gaseous equilibria

• Calculate the pH in acidic and basic solutions

• Prepare appropriate buffer solutions and calculate their pH as well as the pH during acid-base titrations

• Calculate the solubility of gases, of ionic solids and the distribution of a given substance between two different solvents

• Calculate the potential of a galvanic cell (i.e: EMF = Electromotive force) as a function of the cells composition

• Calculate equilibrium constants of redox reactions by means of cell potential data and vice versa

• Plan and carry out laboratory exercises aiming at the quantitative separation of metal ions

• Solve complex equilibrium problems aided by an appropriate computer programme

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

KD1020 or corresponding knowledge


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Chemistry 3: Introducing Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry - Andy Burrows, Andy Parsons, Gareth Price. ISBN: 9780199277896

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


  • KON1 - Control Test, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: 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

One written exam, TEN1; 2 credits
Continuous examination, KON1; 1,5 credits
Laboratory work, LAB1; 1,5 credits

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 KD1030

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Main field of study

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Susanna Wold

Supplementary information

Will replace 3B1711