KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - thermodynamics and kinetics

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Course content

Basic concepts in thermodynamics; chemical equilibria, phase equilibria and phase diagrams, gases, liquids and solutions, and kinetics. Introduction to statistical thermodynamics.

Learning outcome

Students will learn fundamental chemical thermodynamics and be able to use this in experimental and theoretical work with chemical systems. Students also should attain independent laboratory skills in fundamental experimental techniques and become familiar with the principles behind the construction of the instruments used.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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).

Completed laboratory course in one of the following (or similar) courses: KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued), KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued), , MENA1000 – Materials, energy and nanotechnology (continued), MEF1000 – Materials and energy (discontinued), KJM1021 – Kjemisk struktur og reaktivitet (discontinued), KJM1010 – Kjemiske prinsipper og strukturer (discontinued).

The following HSE courses must also be taken in the same semester or earlier than KJM1130:
MNHMS0015 – Introduction to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) (discontinued)
MNHMS0010LS – Innføring i laboratoriesikkerhet (discontinued)

For students taking KJM1130 Autumn 2013 or later, you must first pass the two HSE courses MNHMS0015 and MNHMS0010LS before you may include KJM1130 as part of a degree.

Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1020 – Organisk kjemi I (discontinued)/KJM1011 – Organic Chemistry 1 (discontinued), KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued) and MAT1100 – Calculus MAT1012 – Mathematics 2 (discontinued) or equivalent.

Overlapping courses

The course overlaps 5 ECTS credits with KJM1040 and KJM1050, and 10 ECTS credits with KJ130 and KJ133.


The course comprises 39 hours of lectures, 42 hours of exercises and a laboratory course of 20 hours. An approved laboratory course is required in order to be admitted to the final exam.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture and the lab exercises. If you are unable to join the mandatory lecture, you must notify the Department of Chemistry’s Reception, ph. 22 85 54 46, or ekspedisjonen@kjemi.uio.no, before the start of the lecture/exercise, otherwise you will risk losing your place on the course.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Written final exam (4 hours) at the end of the semester (counts 100 % of the final grade). The laboratory course must be approved before you may sit for the final exam.


Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material


The calculator must fulfill the requirements specified by The Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian).

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


Abscence from compulsory laboratory teaching must be documented according to the rules which apply to exams, e.g. by valid attestation from medical doctor in the case of illness.

A completed laboratory course is valid four semesters after it was passed the first time. After this period you must retake the whole laboratory course in order to sit for a final exam. If you have completed the laboratory course but never sat for the final exam, it is your responsibility to have the laboratory course registered, and in such a case you must contact the student administration in room VU20-22 in the Department of Chemistry.

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