Water Chemistry 7.5 Credits

First cycle, K0006K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Syllabus established
Course plan approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 2007-02-28.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 13 Feb 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study
Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Chemical Principles (K0016K)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After taking the course, you should be able to - formulate and handle equilibrium systems; smaller systems on paper and more complicated by the use of calculation programs. - predict and when data is available calculate the displacement of the equilibrium by changes in temperature, pressure, ionic strength and composition. - interpret and in some cases construct equilibrium diagrams. You should have an understanding of the possibilities and limitations in using equilibrium modeling, for the regulation of the composition of various natural and industrial water types. The principles for water treatment and chlorines reactions in water shall be known, as well as the basis for chemical reaction kinetics. When relevant, identify and propose actions to maintain a sustainable development.You should also further improve your communicative skills, especially with focus on producing well-structured and formulated written reports

Part 1: A short introduction to the characteristics of water and water types. Then the activity concept is discussed with focus on the dependence of the ionic strength, as well as the influence of changes in the temperature and other thermodynamic dependencies. Redox-, complex-, solubility- and distribution equilibria and a short introduction to gas equilibria.will finalise part 1.
Part 2: Acid-base equilibria, including heterogeneous equilibria, alkalinity, water purification and reaction kinetics. An introduction to surface complexation equilibria and also examples of the handling of industrial and environmental systems. Different equilibrium principles are studied with the use of diagrams and mathematical calculations. The influence of temperature, ionic strength as well as the alkalinity concept will be discussed. The theory is applied in laboratory experiments. A computer simulation is included in the laboratory exercise item.

The teaching consists of lectures and laboratory exercises. The first lecture is compulsory as well as the laboratory exercises.

A study visit may be arranged during the course.

Graded exams and participation in study visits, when arranged for part 2. Approved lab.exercises,simulations and well-structured and formulated written reports.The final grade for the course will be derived from the results from the written exams.Students who have failed an examination on five occasions will not be allowed further resits.

Syllabus can be downloaded from LTUs learning platform

Lars Gunneriusson

Transition terms
The course K0006K is equal to KGK013

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Howard: Aquatic Environmental Chemistry
Complementary litteratury within LTU´s learning platform.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

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Study guidance
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