KJM2600 – Physical chemistry II - quantum chemistry and spectroscopy

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Course content

KJM2600 gives an introduction to the quantum-chemical description of atoms, molecules, and solids and the fundamentals of molecular spectroscopies (UV/VIS, IR, MW, Raman, NMR, EPR) and statistical thermodynamics.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you master the elementary principles of quantum mechanics
  • you understand the electronic structure of atoms and their periodicity
  • you understand the electronic structure of molecules and chemical bonding
  • you have a basic understanding of chemical structure determination
  • you understand the principles of molecular spectroscopies
  • you understand the principles of statistical thermodynamics
  • you are able to perform simple quantum-chemical calculations


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).

Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1100 - General Chemistry, and a knowledge in mathematics equivalent to MAT1012 - Mathematics 2.

Overlapping courses


The course comprises 45 hours of lectures, 35 hours of group seminars and a mandatory laboratory course of 20 hours (5 exercises). The laboratory course and minimum 60%  of group seminars must be approved before a student may sit for the final exam.

A completed and approved laboratory course is valid for six semesters beyond the semester it was approved. After this period, you must complete the laboratory course again to be able to sit for the final examination. 

The first lecture is mandatory, as are all the laboratory exercises. If you are unable to attend the first 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, 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) counts 100%. The laboratory course and minimum 60% group seminars must be approved before a student may sit for the final exam.


Examination support material

Pocket calculator and a pre-defined collection of formulas.

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:


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.


Facts about this course






Autumn 2019

Spring 2018

The course is cancelled spring 2019.


Autumn 2019

Spring 2019

Spring 2018

Students with approved laboratory course may apply for exam in StudentWeb for the spring term in 2019.

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