KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

Does renewable energy really exist? To understand interactions down to the molecular level and up to global climate changes, we need to study physical chemistry.

The course provides an introduction to basic principles of thermodynamics and properties such as energy, enthalpy, entropy, and Gibbs free energy. The course is based on examples from all branches of chemistry, from the energy production in cells to atmospheric chemistry. We will go through the three laws of thermodynamics, activity, chemical equilibrium, phase transitions, and phase diagrams as well as properties of solids, gases, liquids, and solutions. Furthermore, the course introduces chemical kinetics, rate laws, and reaction mechanisms.

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.

Admission to the course

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.

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

Completed laboratory course in one of the following (or similar) courses: KJM1101 – Generell kjemi, KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued)KJM1121 – Inorganic Chemistry I, or MENA1001 – Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology

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)

KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued) or KJM1101 – Generell kjemi and MAT1100 – Calculus MAT1012 – Mathematics 2 (discontinued) or equivalent.

Overlapping courses


The course has four different types of teaching:

  • Lectures
  • Exercises  
  • A mandatory laboratory course consisting of 4 separate exercises (a total of 20 hours). Please note that the lab course in KJM1130 is offered in alternating weeks with the laboratory course in KJM2400 – Analytical Chemistry I. This is relevant for the students who are taking both courses.
  • 1 mandatory assignment (can be divided into subtasks)

The laboratory course and the mandatory assignment must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture and the lab exercises. If you are unable to join the mandatory lab exercises, you must notify the Department of Chemistry. Absence needs to be documented in the same way as with absence from an exam, i.e. a note from your doctor.

A completed and approved laboratory course is valid for six semesters after completion. After this period you must re-take it in order to sit for the final exam.

The first lecture and lab exercise is mandatory. If you are unable to join, you must notify the student administration at the Department of Chemistry. If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will lose access to the course for the given semester.

You need to have passed the following HSE courses before you can attend the mandatory laboratory teaching: 

You have to be able to show documentation that you have passed the HSE courses on the first lab exercise.

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


  • Final written exam (4 hours), which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

The laboratory course and the mandatory assignment must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

Examination support material


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

Language of examination

The examination text is given in NorwegianYou may submit your response 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

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 27, 2021 7:32:52 AM

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