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KD1280 Chemical Analysis 10.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD1280 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Chemical Analysis is both about theoretically analyzing the driving forces in nature, i.e. how the strive towards equilibrium gives rise to chemical reactions, and how we practically can use instrumental techniques and analytical methodology for analysis. In other words, chemical equilibrium, inorganic reaction theory, analytical chemistry and fundamental statistics are linked in the course under the context of natural circles, environmental chemistry and sustainable development.
The course focuses on equilibrium calculations of acid / base, gas, solubility, complex and redox reactions and practical analysis work. Lectures aim to support these elements with underlying theory. The student is trained in wet chemical methodology as well as the usage and calibration of instrumental analytical techniques. Statistical methods and statistical computer programs are introduced as tools for analysis and evaluation. The course content is applied by sampling, preparation and chemical analysis of soil samples collected during an excursion. Particular emphasis is placed on how data is processed and described in a written report form.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Calculate different types of chemical equilibrium equations with appropriate approximations and predict how the equilibrium concept can be utilized to influence a process.
  2. Independently plan and perform wet chemical work in accordance with standard procedures for safe handling of chemicals and apply the equilibrium concept for analysis and separation.
  3. Identify natural forms of our most common elements in soil, water and air, and based on the principles of equilibrium describe flows and circles in nature as well as reflect on the consequences of disturbances of the system's equilibrium from the perspective of sustainable development.
  4. Treat, analyse and evaluate data with statistical methods.
  5. Describe and use spectroscopy, chromatography and potentiometry as analytical techniques, be able to analyze results and choose appropriate analysis method for a given problem.
  6. Compile, describe and discuss experimental results in a written report.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed upper-secondary school before 1 July 2011 and adult education at upper-secondary level before 1 July 2012

Specific entry requirements: mathematics E, physics B and chemistry A. In each of the subjects the grade Passed or 3 is required.

Completed upper-secondary school from 1 July 2011 and adult education at upper-secondary level from 1 July 2012 (Gy2011)

Specific entry requirements: Physics 2, Chemistry 1 and Mathematics 4. In each of the subjects a pass grade or better is required.

Recommended prerequisites

KE1140/KE1150 Engineering Chemistry or KD1020 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent course


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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


  • FÄL1 - Excursion, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON2 - Examination in Statistics, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory Exercises in Analytical Techniques, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LABA - Laboratory work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Written examination in Chemical Equilibria, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN2 - Written examination Chemical Analysis, 2.0 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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course replaces KD1240

The course is almost the same as KD1240/KD1250 Equilibria and Techniques for Chemical Analysis. The course overlaps partially the courses in Chemical Equilibria KD1030, KD1150 and KD1200, also in Chemical Measuring Techniques KD1110 and KD1190 and in Analytical Chemistry KD1120 and KD1210.