GG425 -- ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY - Spring 2015
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:45 AM in POST 708
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course announcement now available in pdf format.
syllabus in pdf format.
|How to find me:|
|Office:||POST 606E; Office hrs: up to class.|
This class is about natural processes of Earth's surface and the impacts of human activities on environments.
FOR students preparing for a career in the environmental and geotechnical fields, or
FOR students just wanting to know more about the environment around them, or
FOR students who plan to pursue the new GG MGeo degree once it is approved.
Both global and local phenomena will be examined from a chemical perspective. We will cover natural and anthropogenically perturbed aspects of the Earth's hydrosphere and its interaction with surface rocks, sediments, soils, the biosphere and the atmosphere. Topics will give insight into the science behind today's environmental issues. Course content is largely based on applied geochemistry, with supporting content in theoretical geochemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, soil science, biochemistry, and microbiology. A student doesn't have to be a chemist by training or an environmentalist by temperament to succeed in this class.
Is based on a curve. 1 Midterm exam (33% each); homework problem sets (33%) final project (33%) Class participation is not mandatory, but I do consider it in borderline grading situations. Please turn homework assignments in on time. I do not accept assignments once solutions are posted. Also, I apply grading penalties of 10%/day unless we have discussed your situation in advance.
Manahan "Environmental Chemistry", 9th Ed.
Supplemental Reading: as needed (Located in bookcase outside my office).
|Class Format:||This is a lecture course. I encourage students to actively ask questions in class, particularly if the discussion isnít clear of if you want more information. Most important material will be discussed in class, but is typically covered in more detail in the reading assignments. Keeping up with the reading will help you get the most out of the lectures.|
|Lecture Notes:||Download from the course website (http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/krubin/gg425-sched.html) as adobe acrobat files. These are not required reading, nor are they a substitute for taking your own notes or reading the text. They are a guide to lecture content. Also, the notes include supplemental figures discussed in class that are not in the textbook. These will be useful for homework assignments and studying for exams.|
|GG Learning Objectives:||GG department has defined 5 learning objectives for
the undergraduate degree program related to Relevance of Geology and Geophysics, Technical
knowledge, Scientific method, Oral and written skills, and Evaluating Phenomena. This course
directly incorporates content relevant to 4 of those:
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