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781303A Physical Chemistry I, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 781303A  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Physical Chemistry I  Abbreviation Physical Chemis 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3252 Chemistry 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Chemistry 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 

Lectures are given in Finnish. The examinations can be arranged in english and the textbook helps studying in english.


The course is held in the spring semester. It is recommended to complete the course at the 1st spring semester.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion the student should be able to display an understanding of the main topics of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. During the course such concepts are introduced that are needed for the discussion of equilibria in chemistry. Much emphasis is in enthalpy, entropy and Gibbs energy. A unified view of equilibrium and the directions of spontaneous change are obtained in terms of chemical potentials of substances.


PART I, “Equilibrium” from the textbook.

Mode of delivery 

Lectures and excercises.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

48 h lectures, 12 h excercises

Target group 

Chemistry, Chemistry teacher

Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

Atkins’ Physical Chemistry, 8th Edition (or any other edition)

Assessment methods and criteria 

Examinations are based on the textbook


The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 0-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Jouni Pursiainen

Working life cooperation 

The course does not contain direct working life cooperation.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Physical Chemistry I  Course  Pursiainen Jouni  14.03.22 -09.05.22

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