Course syllabus

Molekylär växelverkan och dynamik
Molecular Interactions and Dynamics

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

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2013-04-15

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


The aim with this course is to give the students knowledge about the connection between the intermolecular interactions in a macroscopic system and the static and dynamic properties of the system.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must



Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must



The course shows how intermolecular interaction gives rise to structure on a microscopic and mesoscopic level and how it gives a qualitative explanation of and an ability to predict macroscopic properties. This presents a molecular explanation to much of phenomenological thermodynamics and macroscopic transport processes. It also gives the tools needed to predict how manipulations on the molecular level affect the microscopic properties of a material. The course consists of classical electrostatics and intermolecular interactions, and statistical thermodynamics with applications to adsorption, liquids and solutions of electrolytes.

The properties of polymers are specifically treated. Two full lectures are used to cover the properties of liquid water and its unique importance for the solvation of and the interactions between both large and small molecules.

The course also treats molecular motion in liquids (diffusion) and thereby presents the molecular basis for macroscopic transport processes and reaction kinetics of catalysts.


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.

Code: 0114. Name: Molecular Interactions and Dynamics.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH.
Code: 0214. Name: Laboratory Experiments.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: The results of the tasks are presented either as a written report or orally at the end of the exercise. Contents: There are three "wet" laboratory tasks and one demonstrative exercise in computer simulation.


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: Kristofer Modig,
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