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KD1510 Chemical Equilibrium 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD1510 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course focuses on equilibrium calculations of acid / base, gas, solubility, complex and redox reactions and practical wet chemical laboratory work in inorganic reaction theory. The course aims to give a general understanding of how the driving forces in nature, i.e. how the strive towards equilibrium, give rise to chemical reactions and how we can practically utilize this concept to influence a reaction.

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 (TEN1).
  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 (LAB1).
  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 (TEN1).

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completion of upper-secondary school by 1 July 2011 and adult education at the upper-secondary level (gymnasium) by 1 July 2012 Specific entry requirements: mathematics E, physics B and chemistry A. Passed or 3 in each of the subjects is required.

Upper-secondary school from 1 July 2011 and adult education at upper-secondary level (gymnasium) from 1 July 2012 (Gy2011) Specific entry requirements: Physics 2, Chemistry 1 and Mathematics 4. A pass in each of the subjects is the lowest acceptable grade.

Recommended prerequisites

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1. Burrows, Holman, Parsons, and Pilling, Chemistry3, Oxford,

2. Collected works in chemical equilibrium

3. Supervision in the practical aspects of chemical equilibria

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 - Laboratory Exercises, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 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

All parts in the course should be approved

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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