This course examines the chemical principles necessary to understand water quality and contaminant fate in natural and engineered aqueous systems. Quantitative problem-solving skills are emphasized. Specific topics include acid-base reactions, carbonate chemistry, oxidation-reduction reactions, and metal speciation. Case studies applying fundamental principles to important environmental phenomena (e.g., eutrophication of surface waters, drinking water treatment, soil/subsurface contamination, mobility of radioactive metals, ocean acidification, and geoengineering) are key components of this course.
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