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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:  Environmental Chemistry


Professor:  Whitney King                                                     
Office: 208B Keyes (x5755)
Home: 873-6154

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

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
Homework/paper        25%
Hour Exams        25%
Class Participation    25%
Final                25%
Approximate Lecture and Exam Schedule
Date    Reading    Topic

  • 2/6/06    Spiro 1, 2    Energy, Fossil Fuels
  • 2/13/06    Spiro 3, 4    Nuclear and Renewable Fuels
  • 2/20/06    Spiro 4    Energy Utilization
  • 2/27/06    Howard 1    Evolution of the Earth
  • 3/6/06    Spiro 6,7    Atmosphere I
  • 3/13/06    Spiro 8,9    Atmosphere II
  • 3/15/06    First Exam   
  • 3/20/06    Spiro 10, 11 Howard 2    Water Structure, Properties, and Resources
  • 3/27/06    Spring Break   
  • 4/3/06    Spiro 12, Howard 3    Acid Base Properties
  • 4/10/06    Howard 4, 6    Metals and Solubility
  • 4/17/06    Spiro 13, Howard 5    Redox Reactions
  • 4/24/06    Spiro 14    Water Pollution
  • 5/1/06    Spiro 15, 16    The Biosphere
  • 5/4/06    Second Exam   
  • 5/9/06    TBA   

Homework: Homework will be assigned regularly throughout the semester.  All homework will be graded.

Papers/Presentation:  Each student will prepare a five page paper summarizing a recent environmental news event.
for a list of recent environmental news stories in ES&T.  Each student will be assigned a class date and will give a 10 minute presentation on their news event.  The paper will be due on the day of the presentation. 

Attendance and Exam Policy:  We will follow the exam and attendance policy posted on the Department of Chemistry Web page.

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