1.76 | Fall 2005 | Graduate

Aquatic Chemistry


The readings in the class all come from the main textbook and are listed by chapter.

Morel, Francois M., and Janet G. Hering. Principles and Applications of Aquatic Chemistry. New York, NY: Wiley-Interscience, 1993. ISBN: 0471548960.

Other readings assigned in class came from the following texts:

Anderson, G. W. Thermodynamics of Natural Systems. New York, NY: Wiley-Interscience, 2005. ISBN: 0521847729.

Stumm, Werner, and James J. Morgan. Aquatic Chemistry. New York, NY: Wiley-Interscience, 1996. ISBN: 0471511854.

I. Review of Thermodynamics, and Setting Up and Solving Equilibrium Problems
1 Introduction, Review of Laws of Thermodynamics

Introduction to Tableau Method

Chapter 1
2 Gibbs Free Energy, Chemical Potential, eq. Constants

Setting Up Equilibrium Problems - Tableau Method

Chapters 1 and 2
3-4 Solving Problems by Approximation - Log C vs. pH Diagrams Chapters 1 and 2
5 Temperature, Pressure, and Ionic Strength Effects on Equilibrium Chapter 2
6 Properties of Water, Interactions Among Solutes, Activity Coefficients Chapter 2
7 Activity Coefficients and Debye-Huckel Theory Chapter 2
II. Acid-base Chemistry of Natural Waters
8-9 The Carbonate System and Alkalinity Chapter 4
10 Uses of Alkalinity Chapter 4
11 Limitations of Alkalinity Concept Chapter 4
12 Buffer Capacity Chapter 4
13 Class Discussion - Mid-term (Take-home)  
III. Dissolution and Precipitation
14 Mineral Solubility Chapter 6
15 Stability Diagrams Chapter 6
16 Chemical Weathering and Natural Water Composition Chapter 6
IV. Complexation
17 Introduction to Complexation Chapter 5
18 Trace Metals - Inorganic Complexation Chapter 5
V. Redox Chemistry
19 Introduction to Redox Chemistry (Don’t use Tableaux) Chapter 7
20 Equilibrium Calculations with Redox Reactions Chapter 7
21 Redox Potential (pe) as a System Variable Chapter 7
22 pe-pH Diagrams Chapter 7
23 Trace Metals - Organic Complexation Chapter 6
24 Effects of Complexation and Precipitation on Redox Equilibria Chapter 7
VI. Chemical Kinetics
25 Oxidation Kinetics in Homogeneous Systems  
26 Heterogeneous Systems

Enzyme Catalysis