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KD1140 The Concepts of Chemistry 6.0 credits

Chemistry is all around you, both as a person and as a professional. Microelectronic production processes are ultimately atomic reorganizations performed by a concerted action of atoms and molecules. Understanding their results, judging their limitations, and appreciating their open and hidden potentials require a basic comprehension of concepts of chemistry.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD1140 (Spring 2013–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course present the fundamental concepts of chemistry:

  • The building blocks of matter: atoms, molecules, ions.
  • Chemical bond = electrodynamics + quantum mechanics.
  • Molecular shapes
  • Molecules in motion and in interactions: intermolecular forces and kinetics.
  • Reorganisation of atoms, molecules, and crystals: chemical reactions.
  • How molecules affect you and all others: energy and entropy.

Intended learning outcomes

After the completed course the student must be able to:

  • identify, select and explain which concepts are involved in which way in chemical phenomena.
  • explain, on a quantum mechanical basis, the basic properties of atoms and molecules.
  • identify and explain the basic forms of intermolecular interactions and how those determine the phase behavior of material.
  • explain and calculate the thermodynamic, kinetic, and electrochemical characteristics of simple chemical reactions.
  • recognize simple chemical compounds both by name and by chemical formula, recall their basic properties and how those lead to applications.
  • classify and evaluate the feasibility of simple organic reactions and describe their structural results.

Course disposition

The course consists of lectures and in three exercises.

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

The courses IF1621 Quantum mechanics I and IF1612 Applied physics, thermodynamics, and waves.


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P. Atkins and L. Jones, "Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight", 6th ed., Freeman.

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 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 KD1140

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Other courses in chemistry, material science, and consensed matter physics.


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