Physical Chemistry, 6 credits (TFKE17)

Fysikalisk kemi, 6 hp

Main field of study

Biotechnology Chemistry


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Lars Ojamäe

Director of studies or equivalent

Magdalena Svensson
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CKEB Chemical Biology, M Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Biotechnology, Chemistry

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Chemical Biology, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


Completed General chemistry 1 and 2, Attended Organic Chemistry 1 or equivalent.

Intended learning outcomes

To give a fundamental knowledge in physical chemistry concerning thermodynamics. To give an explanation on thermodynamic base of physical, technical and chemical processes. To achieve this goal the student should have the following knowledges and capacities:

  • Account for the properties of and difference between ideal and real gases
  • Describe the condensation of substances and the critical point and give som technical application
  • Apply the first law of thermodynamics to thermochemistry and the energetics of chemical reactions.
  • Explain spontaneous processes by means of entropy and the second law of thermodynamics, and the impacts on them from the conditions applied.
  • Apply the theory of phase equilibria in systems of one or more components and their practical applications
  • Explain chemical equilibria and the impacts on them from outer conditions, and give some practical examples.
  • Discuss loss of energy by entropy production and the concept of efficiency
  • Be able to project, perform and describe laboratory work in relevant areas of physical chemistry.
  • Consider the relevance of calculated or experimental results.


Course content

Therodynamics: The idea of a state and the state equations of gases, ideal and real. The first law of thermodynamics and thermochemistry. The second law, entropy and spontaneous reactions. Gibbs free energy and equilibria. Mathematical relations between thermodynamic functions. Phase diagrams for one and two component systems and their dependence on temperature and pressure. Chemical equilibria and their dependence on conditions.

Teaching and working methods

Lectures/lessons and laborations. Laborations in special laboratories


LAB1Laboratory workU, G1.5 credits
TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 54.5 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Other information

Supplementary courses: Physical Chemistry, Spectroscopy.


Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magdalena Svensson


Lars Ojamäe

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 54 h
Recommended self-study hours: 106 h

Course literature

Additional literature

Atkins P.W., Physical Chemistry

Additional literature


Atkins P.W., Physical Chemistry


LAB1 Laboratory work U, G 1.5 credits
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4.5 credits

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