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Extra Credit

See Homework links for information on the Extra Credit problem

Rowland Nobel Lecture

Please see the class links for Professor F. Sherwood Rowland's Nobel Lecture in Chemistry

HW Answers

I have posted the answers, but not the solutions to the 4th HW assignment.

Climate Change Posters

This is an invitation to you and your students to participate in a poster session at the 57th annual Colby Leadership Institute on the morning of Friday, March 14, 2008.  The theme is Climate Change: Taking the Lead Locally to Reduce Warming Globally.

This year's program is being organized by my ST398 class, "climate change history and public policy."

The program focuses on linking global problems and local solutions by focusing on ways individuals, municipal and state government, and local organizations and businesses can work together with national and international leaders to generate innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions for climate change while saving and even making money.

At 9 am in the Diamond auditorium chemist and Nobel Laureate F. Sherwood Rowland will present a keynote address on global warming and climate change.

The poster and information session runs from 10:30 am to noon, also in Diamond.  Posters may focus on science, history, policy, business, or other aspects of climate change.  Poster printing requests should be directed to Jason Parkhill <> in ITS at least a week before the event.

We hope to have some local industries involved as well, with  tables to display their wares--sort of an environmental trade show, with substantial ideas and products that local businesses can offer by way of positive solutions.

We are expecting a large number of guests from around the state, many of whom will also be attending the awards luncheon with Governor Baldacci.

To participate send your poster proposal for review to all of the following (deadline March 4):,,

For more information on this year's Colby Institute for Leadership please visit

Best regards,

Jim Fleming (for Alice Elliott and Gus Libby)

FileServer 1

All students in CH217 will have a course account on FileServer1.   Directions for accessing this remove volume are listed below.

Access Instructions for Macintosh OS X Users
In the Finder, select Go > Connect To Server...
In the Server Address: field enter: smb://fileserver1
Click Connect
When prompted enter the following:
Workgroup/Domain: COLBY
Username: e-mail username
Password: your password
Click OK.
In the SMB Mount dialog box that appears, select the desired folder from the available choices and click OK.
Browse to the desired folder.

Access Instructions for Windows Users
There are two ways to connect to Fileserver1:
Method 1
Browse My Network, select Entire Network, select Microsoft Windows Network, and Browse to the COLBY Workgroup and double-click on Fileserver1.
Enter your name as COLBY\username or
Enter your password.
Browse to the desired folders.
Method 2
Select Start > Run... and type in
Fileserver1 and Press the Enter key
Enter your name as COLBY\username or
Enter your password.
Click OK and browse through the folders.


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


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               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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