Chemistry 217: Environmental Chemistry
Professor: Whitney King
Office: 208B Keyes (x5755)
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
Hour Exams 25%
Class Participation 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.