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KE1150 Engineering Chemistry 10.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KE1150 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Stoichiometry, thermochemistry, kinetics, material and energy balances:

  • balanced chemical reaction formulas.
  • stoichiometric and thermochemical calculations.
  • rate expressions defined based on chemical elemental reactions.
  • simpler calculations on chemical equilibrium and reaction kinetics.
  • the important tools material and energy balances - adapt the basic form of these to a given process and solve the resulting system of equations.
  • models for material and energy balances for different design alternatives, combine and apply these models in problem solving and use tables for enthalpies, specific heat, and other material data to help with calculations.
  • description of and examples of processes such as continuous/batch process, stationary/non-stationary process, open/closed system, as well as the concepts of excess air, recirculation ratio, total turnover, yield and selectivity.
  • apply a system thinking to problems of a chemical technical nature and identify the system delimitation to which the problem applies and choose system boundaries so that the problem becomes solvable based on given information.

Lab course:

  • simpler chemical laboratory work, considering the working environment and safety regulations.

Intended learning outcomes

For a passing grade, students must be able to:

  • Balance chemical reaction formulas and perform stoichiometric and thermochemical calculations.
  • Define and use material and energy balances.
  • Perform simple chemical laboratory work, considering the working environment and safety regulations.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The 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. The grade Passed or 3 inn each of the subjects is required .

The 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. Minimum requirement is a pass grade.

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  • For stoichiometry and thermochemistry, part 1:
    Chemistry³: Introducing inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, Burrows et al., Oxford University Press, 3rd edition 2017, ISBN 978-0198733805
  • For material balance and energy balance, part 1:
    Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, R.M. Felder & R.W. Rosseau, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Global edition 2016, ISBN 978-1-118-09239-2
  • Distributed material.
  • Lecture notes.

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 - Laboration, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN3 - Written exam, calculations, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN4 - Written exam, calculations, 5.0 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

To pass the course the student must pass the examinations (TEN1, TEN2 and period 2) and pass the laboratory course (LAB1, period 1).

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.

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Education cycle

First cycle

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