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217s    Environmental Chemistry    Application of chemical principles to the environment with an emphasis on the interaction among chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes. Current topics such as acid deposition, global warming, atmospheric ozone loss, and the fate and toxicity of heavy metals will be discussed in the context of natural environmental processes. Prerequisite: Chemistry 142. Three credit hours.    KING

Chemistry 217:  Syllabus


SPRING 2008

Professor:  Whitney King                                                     
Office: 208B Keyes (x5755)
Home: 873-6154
email: dwking@colby.edu

Texts:
Spiro and Stigliani. Chemistry of the Environment. 2nd edition 2003

Reference:
Broecker, W. S.,  How to Build a Habitable Planet, ELDGO Press, 1985
Bunce, Nigel J., Environmental Chemistry 2nd. Ed., Wuerz Publishing, 1994
Howard. Aquatic Environmental Chemistry. Oxford Chemistry Primers. 1998
vanLoon and Duffy, Environmental Chemistry: a global perspective, Oxford, 2005
 
Grading:
Homework               25%
Hour Exams             25%
Class Participation    25%
Final                        25%
 
Approximate Lecture and Exam Schedule

Date

Reading

Topic

2/7

Spiro 1

Energy Flow

2/12

Spiro 2, 3

Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Energy

2/19

Spiro 4, 5

Energy II

2/26

Spiro 6, 7

Climate

3/4

Spiro 8

Oxygen Chemistry

3/11

Nature 249, 810-812 (28 June 1974)

Roland Lecture, Exam I 3/13

3/18

Spiro 9, 10

Troposphere and Water

4/1

Spiro 11

Water Chemistry

4/8

Spiro 12

Geochemistry

4/15

Spiro 13, 14

Redox Chemistry

4/22

Spiro 15

Nitrogen Cycles, Exam II 4/24

4/29

Spiro 16

Biosphere

5/6

Spiro 17

Toxicity

 

exam 14

 

Homework: Homework will be assigned regularly throughout the semester.  All homework will be graded.
Attendance and Exam Policy:  We will follow the exam and attendance policy posted on the Department of Chemistry Web page.

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