Special topics in civil and environmental engineering offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members.
The goal of this class is to gain hands-on experience with methods of analytical chemistry in the context of practical needs relevant to civil and environmental engineering. The students will explore the fundamentals and applications of pertinent methods in the context of group work focused on the development of appropriate water treatment technologies. This class will also deal with the issues of changes of the environment, issues in the environmental monitoring, and the progress in available analytical methods. It is expected that the students will evaluate and refer to the analytical data available in the literature and on the Internet.
The samples to be used for laboratory work will include environmental samples with varying degrees of contamination (Lake Washington, Lake Pleasant, Thornton Creek) and wastewater (Renton and West Point site). It is planned that effects of some treatment technologies on the concentration of target compounds will be also evaluated in the laboratory.
Knowledge of the basics of chemistry is prerequisite. In addition to that, relevant concepts will be reviewed. All students are expected to submit a thorough description, analysis and critique of their experimental data. Comparison of the performance of different techniques and references to the literature are much encouraged. Laboratory work will be carried out by pairs of students.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
18 lectures and 10 lab sessions
It is advised to follow the material of all lectures. Trying to catch up by learning the material of a few separate lectures will not be very efficient and is not likely to provide adequate sense of security.
Midterm and final exams
Class assignments and grading