[pccgrads] Graduate Course Announcement: Aquatic Chemistry (W2018)

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Tue Nov 14 12:20:52 PST 2017


Alex Gagnon and Jim Murray are teaching Aquatic Chemistry this Winter! The
course is designed for all students from the Departments of Earth and Space
Sciences, Oceanography, Chemistry, Atmospheric Sciences, and the Programs on
Astrobiology and Climate Change that are interested in environmental aquatic
chemistry.



OCN 521

Tu Th 12:30 to 1:50 in OSB 425

W 3:30 to 4:20 in OSB 425/OSB111

3 units



This course will cover the fundamentals and applications of equilibrium
aquatic chemistry to freshwater and seawater environments including the
following topics of current interest:

. Ocean acidification by anthropogenic CO2 and its impact on coral
reef biomineralization

. The chemistry of the prebiotic ocean and that of hypothesized
oceans on other planets

. The role of metals and metal speciation in limiting biological
production and toxicity

. The redox sequence in sediments, water columns and ground water

We will cover basic concepts in chemical thermodynamics, activity
corrections at high ionic strength, acid-base reactions, metal ion
complexation reactions, oxidation/reduction reactions, basic kinetics and
box models, mineral nucleation and crystal growth. Students will acquire
proficiency in setting up and solving quantitative equilibrium problems by
hand and through the use of numerical methods.



This course is designed for all students from the Departments of Earth and
Space Sciences, Oceanography, Chemistry, Atmospheric Sciences, and the
Programs on Astrobiology and Climate Change that are interested in
environmental aquatic chemistry.



The text will be sections from Stumm and Morgan (3rd edition) and outside
readings.



Instructors: Alex Gagnon (OCN)(3-5627) gagnon at uw.edu

James W. Murray (OCN) (3-4730) jmurray at uw.edu



Note: Ocean 520 is not a prerequisite this year. If you have trouble
registering for the course, please email mtown at uw.edu and provide your
student number.



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