Course topics were presented by three lecturers; Dr. Meg Tivey (MT), Dr. Jeff Seewald (JS), and Dr. Jim Moffett (JM).
SES # | TOPICS | LECTURERS | KEY DATES |
---|---|---|---|
I. Review of Thermodynamics, and Setting Up and Solving Equilibrium Problems | |||
1 |
Introduction, Review of Laws of Thermodynamics
Introduction to Tableau Method |
MT | |
2 |
Gibbs Free Energy, Chemical Potential, eq. Constants
Setting Up Equilibrium Problems - Tableau Method |
MT | Problem set 1 out |
3-4 | Solving Problems by Approximation - Log C vs. pH Diagrams | MT | |
5 | Temperature, Pressure, and Ionic Strength Effects on Equilibrium | MT | |
6 | Properties of Water, Interactions Among Solutes, Activity Coefficients | MT |
Problem set 1 due
Problem set 2 out |
7 | Activity Coefficients and Debye-Huckel Theory | MT | |
II. Acid-base Chemistry of Natural Waters | |||
8-9 | The Carbonate System and Alkalinity | JS | |
10 | Uses of Alkalinity | JS |
Problem set 2 due
Problem set 3 out |
11 | Limitations of Alkalinity Concept | JS | |
12 | Buffer Capacity | JS | |
13 | Class Discussion - Mid-term (Take-home) | JS | Problem set 3 due |
III. Dissolution and Precipitation | |||
14 | Mineral Solubility | JS | Problem set 4 out |
15 | Stability Diagrams | MT | |
16 | Chemical Weathering and Natural Water Composition | MT | |
IV. Complexation | |||
17 | Introduction to Complexation | JS | |
18 | Trace Metals - Inorganic Complexation | JS | Problem set 4 due |
V. Redox Chemistry | |||
19 | Introduction to Redox Chemistry (Don’t use Tableaux) | JM | Problem set 5 out |
20 | Equilibrium Calculations with Redox Reactions | JM | |
21 | Redox Potential (pe) as a System Variable | JM | |
22 | pe-pH Diagrams | JM |
Problem set 5 due
Problem set 6 out |
23 | Trace Metals - Organic Complexation | JM | |
24 | Effects of Complexation and Precipitation on Redox Equilibria | JM | |
VI. Chemical Kinetics | |||
25 | Oxidation Kinetics in Homogeneous Systems | JM | Problem set 6 due |
26 |
Heterogeneous Systems
Enzyme Catalysis |
JM |