Class Schedule and Lecture Note Downloads
GG325 --  GEOCHEMISTRY - Fall 2013
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30-10:20 AM in POST 708
NOTE: the content of lectures is subject to slight shifts and changes,
so if you download files far in advance, check back the day before class
to see if I've posted more recent versions

homework assignments can be downloaded from the linked text HW#1, HW#2, etc...
I will post answers after the assignments are turned in.
The requirments for the class journals are summarized here

Instructor: Ken Rubin
Office: POST 606E; Office hrs: thursday noon to 1.
Phone: x68973, x66836 (lab)


Fall '13 GG325 Schedule (Tentative for dates in the future)

Click on the Lecture number to obtain the lecture notes for that day
Lecture notes are protected by copyright

Lecture note quick links
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
37 38 39 40 41 42





Week Dates Lecture Topic Reading
Chapter (pages)
Geochemical Fundamentals
1 26,28,30 Aug 1, 2, 3 Introduction to Geochemistry, Elemental Cycles, Chemistry Review: The Elements; basic principles of inorganic chemistry, periodic properties of the elements W: Ch1
2 4,6 Sep H 4, 5 Thermodynamics and chemical reactions, solubility, mixtures and non-ideality Labor Day Holiday, no class Mon 2 Sept;
HW#1 assigned on friday, due in 1 week
W: Ch2, Ch3
3 9,11,13 Sep 6, 7,8 More non-ideality. Mineral solubility as geo-thermometer/barometer. Aquatic Chemistry, acids/bases, aqueous solubility, Mineral solubility and stability W: Ch4, Ch6 (217-249)
4 16,18,20 Sep 9,10,11 Redox condition, pH-pE, microbial Poising, Intro to Organic Geochemistry W: Ch3 (100-110), Ch13 digital (555-563); Ch12 (12.1-12.6) (-or- W digital Ch14 (589-626))
Low Temperature Geochemistry: The hydrologic cycle and sedimentary systems
5 23,25,27 Sep 12, 13, 14 Weathering; Mineral Solubility, surface reactions, Soils and nutrient cycling; HW#2 assigned on friday, due in 1 week. HW#1 answers are in the course dropbbox folder. Ch6 (249-end) and digital Ch13 (563 570)
6 30 Sep 2,4 Oct 15, 16, 17 The hydrologic cycle: overview, inorganic chemical controls, rain/river chemistry (Prof. Ravizza - Ken will be away this week) Berner & Berner Ch 1, Ch3 (62-86 &116-119)
7 1, 3, 5 Oct 18-19, 20

More hydrologic cycle: acid rain, Nutrient cycles in lakes

T Ch9 and BB Ch3 (p62-86 & p116-119), Ch6 (236-263)
8 14,16,18 Oct 21, 22, 23 Surface reactions on particles in Fresh Waters, estuaries the Oceans: Intro, marine chemistry and chemical cycles;
HW#3 assigned on friday, due in 1 week
BB Ch7, White digital Ch 15
9 21,23,X Oct 24, 25, X Oceans- Marine C cycle, Stable isotopes – applications to climate, No Class Fri. 25 Oct–soest open house W Ch 9.1 to 9.7.1 (or digital p370-400)
10 28,30 Oct 1 Nov 25-cont., 26, 27 (More stable isotopes); The Carbon Cycle and Earth’s Climate/paleoclmate Future Climate, global warming, CO2

W Ch12 (sec 12.9 or digital 607- end) ; LB Ch 18, Ch 20

High Temperature and Planetary Geochemistry
11

4,6,8 Nov

28, 29, 30 Radioactivity, Age and Origin of the Solar System: Stellar processes, nucleosynthesis, condensation sequence, planetary accretion. W Ch 8.1-8.4.1 (dig. 313-326) and Ch 10.1 -10.5.3 (dig. 421-464)
12 H, 13,15 Nov X, 31, 32 Planet formation, differentiation of the Earth, Core formation. No Class Mon 11 Nov, Vetrans day. (Prof. Ravizza - Friday) W Ch 11.1-11.4
13 18,20,22 Nov 33, 34, 35 The Moon, Crust and Mantle evolution, Atmosphere evolution (Prof. Ravizza - Monday);
HW#4 assigned on wednesday, due in 1 week
W Ch 11.5-end, dig Ch 12 (p530-549 )
14 25, 27 Nov 36, 37, X igneous geochemistry (distribution coefficients, trace element perspectives on melting and crystalization) No Class Fri 29 Nov, Thanksgiving break. W Ch 7
12 2,4,6 Dec 38, 39, 40 Igneous petrogenesis; Radiogenic isotope geology and Geochronology, mantle reservoirs; final project assignemnt; HW#5 assigned on Monday, due dec 11 W Ch 8.3 , Ch11.5-11.6
16 9,11 Dec 41, 42 More radiogenic isotope geology of the mantle same

Reading photocopies in the folder in the metal bookshelf nearest my office (next to the 606D door): BB=Berner and Berner, Global Environment; T = Turco, LB = Langmuir/Broecker "Habitable Planet"


GG Dept. Icon icon to Kenchron
Ken's home page]


This page created/maintained by Ken Rubin©, questions/comments
last update on 3 Dec. 2013