MJ1530 Physics, Chemistry, Energy and the Environment 15.0 credits

Fysik, Kemi, Energi och Miljö

The course is compulsory for the programme Master of Science in Engineering and of Education (CL), KTH, from autumn 2011 and is given during the periods 3-4 in year 1 of the programme.

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

Course main content

The course is divided into three parts

The first part deals with the environment and energy, energy systems and sustainable development. Global warming is an important example that will also serve as an introduction for methods on how to approach an environmental problem as well as the engineer’s role to handle and find solutions to an environmental problem.

The second part deals with: Chemical reactions and reaction formulas. Representation of chemical compounds with names, formulas and models. Atomic structure, periodic table, electron configuration, orbitals, models of chemical bonding, Lewis structures and VSEPR model. Chemical reactivity, kinetics, and equilibrium. Stoichiometry. Thermo- chemistry. Application examples. Laboratory safety and chemical hazards. Communicating chemistry.

The third part concerns: Fundamentals of electric and magnetic fields, Models of atoms, Band model for solids, Radiation especially heat radiation, Light sources, Laser, Laser metrology, Spectroscopy

The course includes an academic introduction that includes group dynamics, how to search for scientific information and how to write a scientific report.


Basic requirements for engineering programmes
Compulsory for year 1 in the Master of Science in Engineering and of Education (CL), no other students are admitted


Litteratur meddelas vid kursstart


  • INL1 - Assignment Chemistry, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory work Chemistry, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project work Energy and Environment, 2.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination Physics, 5.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN2 - Examination Chemistry, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN3 - Examination Energy and Environment, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Passed examinations

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering


Monika Olsson <monika.olsson@abe.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2011.