KJM-MENA3300 – Physical Chemistry III - Macromolecules, Condensed Phases and Dynamics

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Course content

The course describes selected topics in basic physical chemistry, in particular on demonstrating the relationship between microscopic and macroscopic descriptions of chemical systems in the gas phase, at surfaces / interfaces and in condensed phases. The course provides the basis for further studies in physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, catalysis and materials chemistry / physics. In addition to the regular curriculum, the students will aquire knowledge on current research in physical chemistry at the Department of Chemistry.

Learning outcome

When you have completed the course,

  • you are able to describe molecular interactions quantitatively.
  • you understand the mechanical, electrical and chemical properties and structural relationships of synthetic and biological polymers and colloid systems.
  • you are familiar with experimental methods for elucidating the structures of solids and the theoretical description of crystal lattices and crystal systems.
  • you have learned to apply mathematical models for describing molecular collisions, diffusion and reactions in the gas phase and in solution, in addition to describing simple and complex chemical reactions..
  • you understand how reactions in liquids and on surfaces differ from reactions in the gas phase: homogenous and heterogenous catalyses.
  • you understand the prionciples of chemical systems at or outside equilibrium (reversible and irreversible thermodynamics)
  • you are able to present orally selected topics in physical chemistry in a fluent and comprehensive manner.

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

KJM1101 – Generell kjemi, or MENA1001 – Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology, in addition to KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - Thermodynamics and Kinetics, or similar courses.

KJM2601 – Fysikalsk kjemi II - kvantekjemi og spektroskopi

Overlapping courses


The course comprises 45 hours of lectures and 20 hours of exercises. Students are expected to participate actively during the exercise sessions. There will be hand-in assignments, 8 in total, which must be approved in order to take the exam.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture (including students on the waiting list). If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must notify the Department of Chemistry before the start of the lecture/exercise, otherwise your course registration will be cancelled.


Final exam Counts 100 %. Depending on the number og students, the exam will be either written or oral.

In order to take the exam, you have to have at least 8 of the 10 weekly hand-in assignments approved. Assignments must be approved the same semester as the exam.

Examination support material

Calculators that comply with the rules (Rules are in Norwegian only).

Handbook of formulae, "Fysiske størrelser og enheter", 4th edition, Angell og Ebbe Lian.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will offer the exam paper in Norwegian and English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Aug. 19, 2022 1:34:02 PM

Facts about this course


The course is last held spring 2020


Examination is last held spring 2022

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