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Before choosing course

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus MH1010 (Autumn 2009–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Thermodynamic basic concepts (state variables, the first law, the enthalpy concept, heat capacity)
  • The second law (reversible and irreversible processes, entropy, Gibbs energy, Hemholtz energy, Gibbs-Duhems equation, Maxwell's relationships)
  • Equilibrium conditions (chemical potential, driving forceth, the thiord law,  phase diagrams, Gibbs ' phase rule, Clapeyrons and Clausius-Clapeyrons equations, molar and partial quantities).  Modeling of phases (ideal and regular solution model, the activity definition, reference state , Raoult's law, Henry's law, Sieverts law, equilibrium between two phases.) 
  • Electrochemistry (ionized solutions, electromotive force, electrolytic cells

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students should be able to:

  • explain basic thermodynamics concepts
  • perform equilibrium calculations
  • perform simple thermodynamic calculations using traditional methods and with the help of thermodynamic computer programs
  • use and read binary phase diagrams
  • formulate and solve thermodynamic problems for simple real material and processes
  • use both Swedish and English as "working languages" (i.e.  understand the terminology)

Course Disposition

Period 2
Lectures 24 h
Exercises 24 h

Period 3
Lectures 24 h
Exercises 24 h
Computer lab 12 h

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MH1070 Perspectives on Materials Design, or equivalent
SF1626 Calculus in Several Variable

Basic knowledge in mathematics, physics and chemistry at a level including solving differential equations and integrals. Matlab at the level provided by the course Perspectives on Materials Design.

Recommended prerequisites

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Hillert, Mats. 1994. Compendium on Basic Thermodynamics. KTH.

Gaskell, D. R. 1995. Introduction to Thermodynamics of Materials. Taylor & Francis, Washington.

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 Work, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN3 - Examination, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN4 - Examination, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, 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 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 MH1010

Offered by

ITM/Materials Science and Engineering

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Studierektor Anders Eliasson,