Course syllabus

Molekylär växelverkan och dynamik
Molecular Interactions and Dynamics

KFK090, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-04-04

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: K2
Elective for: N4-nbm, N4-m, Pi4, Pi4-bs, Pi4-bm
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to use the Boltzmann distribution law.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course consists of two parts: Interaction and structure ( approx. 80% of the course) and Molecular dynamics (approx. 20% 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.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The final grade is based on a written exam in the end of the course. Laboratory practicals must also be completed.


Required prior knowledge: FMAA01 Calculus in One Variable, FMA420 Linear Algebra, KFK08 Thermodynamics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KFKA05, KFKF01

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Bengt Jönsson,
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