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KD1050 Chemical Thermodynamics 6.0 credits

Basic course in chemical thermodynamics.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD1050 (Autumn 2010–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Properties of gases

The laws of thermodynamics

Thermodynamic equilibrium in ideal and non-ideal systems

The thermodynamics of liquid mixtures

Applications of thermodynamics

Intended learning outcomes

The course will give basic knowledge in thermodynamics and its applications in chemistry, chemical engineering and biological systems.

  • Describe and use the state laws for gases.
  • Describe and apply the four laws of thermodynamics.
  • Describe and understand the equilibrium conditions.
  • Describe and use the concepts of internal energy, enthalpy, entropy, free energy and chemical potential.
  • Understand and apply the partial molar quantities.
  • Analyze chemical equilibria in ideal and non-ideal systems.
  • Analyze combinations and solutions thermodynamics.
  • Analyze phase equilibria.
  • Using phase diagrams to solve problems in one-and two-component systems.
  • Apply the basic thermodynamics of chemical reactions in biological systems

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 Introductory Chemistry
KD1030 Chemical Equilibria
SF1625 Calculus in One Variable
SF1626 Calculus in Several Variable
SF1624 Algebra and Geometry
or similarly.


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Atkins and de Paula

Atkins' Physical Chemistry, 9th

Oxford University Press 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-19-954337-3

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, 6.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Examination (TEN1;6 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

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 KD1050

Offered by


Main field of study

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

KD2340 Molecular Thermodynamics
KD2350 Surfaces, Colloids and Soft Matter


Magnus Bergström

Supplementary information

Recommended course for students at the Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, specialisation Biotechnology and Industrial Engineering, and at the Masters Programme, Industrial Engineering and Management study year 1, track - Biotechnology and Industrial Engineering.

The course is not open for other students.

Will replace 3B1725