Charles F Jackels
Uses fundamental chemical principles to examine fate, reactivity and transport of environmental pollutants. Emphasis given to atmospheric pollution, chemistry of natural and polluted waters, soil chemistry, chemistry of organic and inorganic toxins. Required background: CHEM 142, CHEM 152, or equivalent.
In this course students will use the fundamental principles of chemistry to gain an understanding of the source, fate, and reactivity of compounds in natural and polluted environments. Emphasis will be placed on the environmental implications of energy utilization and on the chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Environmental issues that will be discussed include climate change, air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, pollution and treatment of water sources, and the utilization of insecticides and herbicides.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Readings, lectures, class discussions, and small group activities.
The prerequistes are the first two quarters of general chemistry, the equivalent of CHEM 142 and 152.
Class assignments and grading
Reading in the text and other selected sources. Homework assignments, to include quantitative problems. Library research paper.
Exams (final and midterm), research paper, class participation, and homework assignments.