Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Compulsory for: B2, K2. Optional for: N4, N4nm, Pi3, Pi3bm, Pi4bs. Course coordinator: Prof. Bengt Jönsson,, Biofysikalisk kemi. Recommended prerequisits: FMA410 Calculus in One Variable, FMA420 Linear Algebra, KFK08 Thermodynamics. Assessment: The final grade is based on a written exam in the end of the course. Laboratory practicals must also be completed. Home page:


Knowledge and understanding
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Skills and abilities
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Judgement and approach
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The course consists of two parts: Interaction and structure ( approx. 75% of the course) and Molecular dynamics (approx. 25% of the course).

The first part of the course shows how intermolecular interaction gives rise to structure on a microscopic and mesoscopic level as well as giving a qualitative explanation of and an ability to predict macroscopic properties. This presents a molecular explanation to much of phenomenological thermodynamics. This part of the course consists of three main sections: (1) classical electrostatics and intermolecular interactions, (2) statistical thermodynamics with applications to adsorption, liquids and solutions of electrolytes, and (3) molecular simulation methods.

The other part of the course treats molecular motion in gases (kinetic gas theory) and liquids (diffusion) and thereby presents the molecular basis for macroscopic transport processes.

Jönsson, B: Kompendium 1 och 2 i Molekylär växelverkan och dynamik. Biofysikalisk kemi 2007.