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Chemical Principles 7.5 credits

Kemiska principer
First cycle, K0016K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 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.

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study
Natural Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Energy 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 + Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 4 (specifik entry A9). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics B, Chemistry A, Mathematics E (specifik entry 9)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim

After taking the course you should be able to:

- explain the organisation of the periodic table from the structure of the electron shells in the atoms.

- explain and systemize the characteristics of various substances by applying the concept of chemical bonding on both intra- and on a intermolecular level.

- use fundamental terminology and balance different chemical reactions as well as use balanced reactions for the calculation of heat- and material balances and for electrochemical calculations.

- use the concept chemical equilibrium to explain and predict changes in the form of a substance due to changes in parameters as concentration, pH, electron activity, pressure and volume. Also, to be able to apply the equilibrium concept to explain the speciation of some substances and their environmental impact. You should also be able to perform simpler calculations (one equlilibrium).

- apply the concept spontaneous and non-spontaneous processes to predict and quantify. The relations free energy - chemical equilibrium and free energy - redox processes should be known.

- use and explain the concepts enthalpy and entropy as well as their impact on chemical equilibrium.

- perform and apply the theory in a lab. exercise and report the results.

- apply your chemical knowledge to explain various environmental, material and process related issues.material and process related issues of both global and also local relevance.

You should also improve your problem-solving and communicative skills, especially with focus on producing well-structured and formulated written reports.


Part 1 , Basic concepts:
Definitions. Chemical terminology and naming of chemical compounds. Reaction formulas.

Concentrations and concentration units. Amounts of substances in a reaction. Gases.

Part 2 ,The Atom:
The atom and the periodic table.

Chemical bonding:
Intra- and interparticular bonding

Part 3, Chemical equilibria:
Formulation of chemical equilibria. Acid-base equilibra, solubilities. The carbonic acid system.

Redox reactions. The importance of redox reactions in the environment. Galvanic cells. Electrolysis.
Part 4, Thermodynamics:
Systems and surroundings. Internal energy. Enthalpy and Entrophy. Gibbs free energy. Spontaneous and non-spontaneous reactions.

Various environmental- , material- and process issues will be discussed during lectures and classes.

Laboratory exercise, presented in a written report.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Teaching consists of lectures, class meetings and a laboratory exercise. The lab. exercise is planned and performed in groups. Attendance is compulsory for the first lecture.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

Written exams for part 1 to 4.

Approved laboratory exercises and a  well-structured and formulated written report. written report. The report may be demanded to be written in English. 

The final grading is based on the results from all items, in relation to their number of credits.


Syllabus can be downloaded from LTU:s learning platform.

The theoretical part of the course is divided into four sections. Full prerequisites from the previous parts are assumed.

Students must register to the courses themselves no later than 3 days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This also applies to the students with a place guarantee.

Lars Gunneriusson

Transition terms
The course K0016K is equal to KGK040

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Burrows, Holman, Parsons, Pilling och Price: Chemistry3 or similar text.
Complementary literature within LTUs learning platform.

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Written exam part 1G U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA16
0004Written exam part 2G U 3 4 52.00MandatoryA16
0005Written exam part 3G U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA16
0006Written exam part 4G U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA16
0007Laboratory workU G#1.00MandatoryA16

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021