Fundamental Chemistry (KJE101)

Fundamental chemistry is a general chemistry course for engineering students.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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The structure of the atom, chemical bonds, intermolecular interactions, naming of compounds, use of the mole concept in solids, solutions and the gas phase, reaction equations, equilibrium, acids and bases, reduction/oxidation, water-solubility of compounds, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry.

Learning outcome

The intended learning outcomes for KJE101, that define the expected skills at the completion of the course, includes:

  • to define a balanced reaction equation and to use it in stoichiometric calculations.
  • to explain the difference between an exothermic and endothermic reaction. The students will be able to explain the source of the released heat (energy) upon combustion of a fuel and explain how this phenomenon agrees with the first law of thermodynamics.
  • to define a solution, explain which criterion that must be achieved for a solution to be formed, and to calculate the concentration of a solution in different kind of units including molar concentration and mass-percent.
  • to describe an ideal gas and to employ the ideal gas law to calculate the pressure of the gas.
  • to describe the meaning of a reaction at chemical equilibrium and interpret the role of chemical equilibrium in the La Châtelier’s principle.
  • to define a base and acid by using the Brønsted-Lowry theory and the Arrhenius theory, and to define pH. The students will be able to employ the definition of strong acids and bases to calculate the pH of a solution.
  • to define the acid and base constants and employ them to calculate the pH of a solution, which contain a weak acid and base, respectively.
  • to identify the reduction half-reaction and oxidation half-reaction and explain why they always take place in parallel in a redox reaction. In this context, the students will also be able to explain why spontaneous redox reactions are employed in galvanic cells (batteries) to generate electrical current.
  • to define electrolysis and explain the difference between a galvanic cell and an electrolytic cell.
  • to define aliphatic and aromatic compounds in addition to alcohols, haloalkanes, and carbonyl compounds and master the nomenclature to write the names of such organic molecules. In addition, the students will be able to interpret why some organic molecules are water soluble whereas others are not.
  • to identify environmental challenges relating to chemistry.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 3 Hours Letter grades Calculator , Cappelen, Dalen et. al.: Compendium of tables and formulae,

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Emil Lindback

Head of Department:

Ingunn Westvik Jolma

Method of work

Lectures (2 hrs/week), Exercises (4 hrs/wk)

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Chemistry for data/electro (RED101_1) 5

Open for

Battery and Energy Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Civil Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Computer Science - Bachelor in Engineering Control Engineering and Circuit Design, Vocational Path - Bachelor in Engineering Control Engineering and Circuit Design - Bachelor in Engineering Energy and Petroleum Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Geosciences and Energy Resources - Bachelor in Engineering Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Mechanical Engineering - Vocational Path, Bachelor in Engineering Mechanical Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Medical technology - Bachelor in Engineering

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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