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KH1221 Applied Physical Chemistry 5.0 credits

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Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KH1221 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Coupled chemical equilibria.

Solutions, colligative properties, gas – liquid equilibria and phase diagram.


Intended learning outcomes

After successfully completed course the student shall be able to:

  • Using MEDUSA/HYDRA create and interpret chemical equilibria for solving problems of chemical equilibrium.
  • Interpret relatively complex reactions systems that include coupled equilibria. 
  • Use ideal gas law and van der Waals law in calculations and be informed about the conditions at which the laws are applicable. Real gases.
  • Define colligative properties and give some examples as well as perform calculations, e.g., vapour pressure (Raoults law) and boiling/freezing point changes in solutions as well as Henrys law.
  • Describe electrochemical cells using cell diagrams and anode/cathode reactions, calculate cell potential and describe as well as give examples of different electrochemical cell. The student shall be able to use the standard electrochemical potentials (electrochemical series) to determine which redox reactions occur spontaneously, and perform calculations of the amount of charge and redox reactions.
  • Interpret phase diagrams (P-T diagram for one component) in terms of aggregations state, phase transitions, normal point of fusion and boiling, as well as critical point, triple point and vapour pressure.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Burdge, J., Chemistry, 4th Ed., McGraw-Hill, 2016

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 - Computer Laboratory Work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory Work, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written 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.

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.

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Education cycle

First cycle

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