Class Schedule and Lecture Note Downloads
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:45 AM in POST 708
NOTE: the content of lectures and reading is subject to slight shifts and changes.
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Course Syllabus
Instructor: Ken Rubin
    Office: POST 606E; Office hrs: tba
    Phone: x68973

Spring  '17 GG425 Schedule (*Ken on travel, guest instructors)

Once the class starts the Lecture numbers will be clickable to obtain the lecture notes for that day
Lecture notes are protected by copyright

Readings note: Ken will provide 6th Ed review chapters noted below for weeks 2 and 4
Week Lecture Topic Reading
1 1,2

Intro: Environmental Science & Environmental Geochemistry; Global environmental systems: the hydrologic and elemental cycles. Motions of the atmosphere and hydrosphere

note: see self study Chem 161/162 review pack - Aquatic Chemistry, inorganic substances, acids-bases, solubility, complexes;

Ch 1, 2
2 3,4

Putting the hydrosphere and its processes in chemical perspective;
Homework #1, due in 1 week

Ch 3
review 7th Ed. Ch 28
3* 5,6

More Aquatic Chemistry: redox review, redox ladder, environmental poising; Aquatic Microbial Biochemistry, microbial role in nutrient cycling

Ch 4, 6, 22
4* 7,8 organic chem. intro, microbial biochemistry and transformations to organic matter
Homework #2 assigned on tuesday, due next thursday
Ch 6, 22, 7th Ed Ch 29
5* 9,10 BOD, OM and nutrient loading in the hydrosphere.
better resolution version of N-P tables from Lect9
Ch 5
6 11, X Particle-Aqueous Solute Interactions and Case Studies from Estuarine and near Shore Marine Environments. X = place holder in case we get behind. Ch 5
7 12,13 More estuaries; Weathering and soil formation; partial soil classification figures: soil orders, soil classification table, soil climate figure Ch 15,16
8 14,15 agricultural soils; soil contaminants/remediation (Tue) Mass transfer phenomena (Th); Ch 15
9 16,17 groundwater (Tu); Groundwater pollution: organic contaminants, remediation methods (Th) Take Home MIDTERM EXAM given out, due on or before Monday the 27th (during Break) Ch 16
10 18,19 Toxicology and Fresh/salt Water pollution: Heavy Metals (Tu), no class (Th) Ch 7, Ch 20.11-20.14, Ch 23.1-23.5
11 20-21 Drinking Water treatment; Sewage and wastewater
Ch 8
off   spring break: enjoy  
12 22,23 Atmospheric chemistry;; Atmospheric pollutants: halocarbons and stratospheric ozone; Ch 9, 11
13 24,25 Atmospheric pollutants: photochemical smog, acid rain; Greenhouse gasses and Global Climate: Past, Present and Future; Ch 13, 14
14 26,27 Energy, technology and resources; final paper assignment Ch 18,19
15 28,29 Radioactivity: General review, uses, hazards, environmental issues none
16 30 Radioactive materials case studies: a. Depleted Uranium; b. Sr-90/Y-90 (time pending) none

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