1.84J | Fall 2013 | Graduate
Atmospheric Chemistry

Instructor Insights

Course Overview

This page focuses on the course 1.84 Atmospheric Chemistry as it was taught by Professor Jesse Kroll in Fall 2013.

This class provides a detailed survey of the chemical reactions occurring in the Earth’s atmosphere, with a particular focus on those important for climate and air quality. The emphasis of the class is on the reactivity of key classes (families) of atmospheric species, with chemical/mechanistic complexity steadily increasing over the course of the semester. The emphasis of the lectures is on current topics of interest and results from the recent literature.

Course Outcomes

Course Goals for Students

To have a working understanding of the most important reactions (and their broad implications) in atmospheric chemistry, so that these can be applied within a wider context (laboratory/field measurements, modeling, etc).

Curriculum Information


5.60 Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Requirements Satisfied



Every fall semester


The students’ grades were based on the following activities:

  • 30% Problem sets
  • 30% Midterm exam
  • 10% Class presentation
  • 30% Final project

Student Information


Fewer than 10 students

Breakdown by Year

Most students who take this course are graduate students, primarily from Ph.D. programs.

Breakdown by Major

Students are mostly from the Civil and Environmental Engineering or Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences departments (~50-50 split); other departments include Chemical Engineering and Engineering Systems Division.

Typical Student Background

A working understanding of college-level introductory chemistry.

How Student Time Was Spent

During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:


  • Met 2 times per week for 1.5 hours per session; 24 sessions total; mandatory attendance.
  • The midterm exam and final project presentations took place during class sessions in lieu of lecture.

Out of Class

Learning Resource Types
notes Lecture Notes
assignment Problem Sets
co_present Instructor Insights