Daniel A Jaffe
Covers the basic techniques for chemical analysis of environmental samples including air, water and soil. Students learn to utilize electronic data acquisition systems and further develop their scientific writing skills. Required background: statistics (BIS 315 or equivalent); prerequisite: BES 301; BES 311.
WINTER 2005: Basic procedures for operating and calibrating environmental chemistry instrumentation. Basic procedures for conducting a chemical analysis on various types of environmental samplesl How to analyze data and write scientific reports on the results.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Hands on lab experiments. Students will collect the samples, conduct the analysis and then write a report on their findings. I emphasize analysis of real samples collected by the students in the field. Typically we collect air samples near campus, water samples from North Creek, the Samamish River or Lake Washington and soil samples from nearby locations.
Chem 142 and 152 (or equivalent) are required. BES 311: Environmental Chemistry is required. Statistics is highly recommended.
Class assignments and grading
Grading is primarily based on lab reports and quality of laboratory work.