CH 400 Special Topics in Chemistry
FA 2007 HO
Smith, Robert E.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Half hour prior to class in the classroom.
August 20 - December 14, 2007
1:50 - 3:05 PM
Permission of the instructor.
Textbook: Environmental Chemistry, Robert Smith. This is an electronic textbook (a MS Word file) and I will give it to you in class.
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My main objective is to teach team work and to transfer adequate knowledge to all the students at the appropriate levels: a) to make sure that students understand the ideas that I am trying to convey, b) to prepare students for the next level of education, c) to develop the understanding of students, such that they adapt the process of thinking rather than just memorizing facts and principles, d) to develop practical skills and techniques to work confidently in laboratories, e) to demonstrate how chemistry is part of their daily lives, and f) to use alternative and diverse methods of teaching to keep students motivated and interested during the course of their study in the semester, and hopefully for the rest of their lives.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Four unit exams
You will be given four take-home exams.
One hour long and comprehensive. Your grade on the final can replace the lowest grade on the unit exams. The final is optional.
You will write a report on a topic that you and I agree on and you will give a 10 min talk to the class on your subject.
Please note: You will be informed ahead of time any changes made in the above schedules.
59 and below
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Make-up exams will not be given. If you missed an exam due to a good excuse, you can write a five page paper on a subject that we agree on, or you can drop it as your lowest score.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Introduction, Systems thinking, network theory, autopoiesis, Gaia
Water and the Hydrological Cycle, Ocean Chemistry
Sep. 3 Labor Day, Sept. 7 Global Warming
Tectonics, Deep Ocean Environment
Metals in Water, Limnology
Electrochemistry, Carbon, Oxygen, Phosphorus and Nitrogen Cycles
Aquatic Microbiology and the Environment, Soil Chemistry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Chemistry, Analysis of Radioactivity
Analysis of Pathogenic Organisms and Viruses, UV-Vis and Fluorescence
Biochemical Assays, GC, HPLC, SEC, IC
Mass Spectrometry, LC-MS, GC-MS
FTIR, NMR, ICAP, AA
Pollution and Toxicology
Green Chemistry, Renewable Energy
Sustainable Products and Ecosystems
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Last Updated:8/6/2007 5:10:46 PM