CH 400 Special Topics in Chemistry Environmental Chemistry
UU 2007 HOZ
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04 June 2007 - 31 July 2007
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
CORE ASSESSMENT: Major paper (20% of grade)
Your earned final grade is bases on you performance on two papers, chapter summaries, and homework.
Paper 1 150 points A 1737-1930 Total points
Paper 2 250 points B 1544-1736 (“)
Chapter summaries (18x15pts) 270 C 1351-1543 (“)
Problems/questions (18x70) 1260 D 1158-1350 (“)
Total Points 1930 F <1158 (“)
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Chemistry 400 See professor's website for more detailsLiterature Review Paper 1 – 150 points
The objective of this assignment is the preparation of a literature report demonstrating your ability to search the physical chemical reference literature for specialized information related to a specific instrumental analysis technique. The nature of the assignment allows you to fulfill this task by selecting a topic that is of personal interest to you, perhaps because of past experience or (future) interests. You should select a unique topic that involves physical chemistry in some way. You must obtain approval from Dr. Chernovitz for your topics before proceeding with the writing of the reports. Finding good topics is the hardest step for many students. One way to find a topic is to browse current journals that publish physical chemistry papers. If possible, a key literature reference might be selected to provide an "entrance" to the literature of the chosen area. See suggested Journals on page 5.
Presumably, if you choose a topic of interest to you, you may find yourself motivated enough to read in detail all the articles that you find! As your chemistry career progresses, it is exactly this sort of reading on your own that will serve as an important way to advance your knowledge. The summary and list of journal references that you produce should be complete enough to provide an adequate overview of the current state-of-the-art in the selected topic. The reference list of research publications related to your chosen topic should place emphasis on journal articles published within the last few years.
References older than 10 years should not be included unless they represent truly major contributions or unless the literature is sparse. The primary source of this reference list should be research journals not textbooks, although textbooks may be listed as background references if necessary. Because the emphasis is on recent literature, it is appropriate to seek material from the following sources: a. Scan current journals for articles published in the last few months. b. Search abstracting indexes such as "Current Contents" for appropriate keywords related to the topic; this will identify publications 6-12 months old. c. Having found an article in the literature that is several years old, you can find more recently published articles that reference that old article by searching "Science Citation Index." SCI is published several times each year and five-year cumulative indexes are published. You can find the listing of the old article in SCI and under the listing, any articles that cite that article during the pertinent time period. This is good way to quantitate the importance of an article to the growth of the literature in an area: important articles will tend to be cited more heavily (although it is possible to be cited for a major debacle). d. Another avenue of literature exploration is the computer-searchable CD-ROM material available in the Linda Hall Library or web databases provided by the Park University library. Use these sources, but do not rely on them alone. There is a considerable delay before articles appear in the any database. If you are looking for current or recent articles, browsing the current journals may be the best resource.
Specific instructions 1. Select your topic and get approval from Dr. Chernovitz 2. Compile your list of references, arranging them chronologically, with the more recent articles listed last and alphabetically by first author within each year. Use the ACS reference style for the appropriate literature citation style. It might be useful to mark with an asterisk the more important or interesting articles that you have found. Also, include in your citation of each article the TITLE of the paper; place it between the author list and the journal name. Although including the title deviates from the ACS citation style, retaining it with the reference may make the list of citations more useful to you in the future. (Note that because the reference list is to be organized in chronological fashion, the order of citation of the articles in the text may not be in numerical order, depending on how the paper is organized.) 3. Write a summary describing the topic that you selected for your literature survey. Your written report should explain the background of the problem, and should describe the major approaches used to solve the task or problem. Focus on the instrumental analysis techniques employed. Describe instrumentation, conditions, etc., along a summary of results achieved. You can imagine that the report you are writing might serve as the background introduction to an article on this subject. The text should refer to the literature that you have found by citing the references by number from your list grouped at the end of the paper. 4. Your report should be typed in double-spaced format. The writing should be concise— no less than 11 pages, no more than 20 pages in length, not including the list of references or the cover sheet. Insert the date that the literature report was completed at the bottom of the report. Font: no greater than 12, Margins: one inch on all sides5. Turn in your completed literature review paper by 07/03/06, no later than 7:00 pm by sending a copy of the report (preferably in Microsoft Word format) as an email attachment to Dr. Chernovitz. “The subject line must be CH400 report-1.”
Instructions for the 250 Point Paper
(You will receive the rubric for this in a week or so)
Examples of topics for the term paper are listed below. If you prefer to write the term paper on different subjects (related to the course, of course), you should consult with the instructor for approval. Please inform the instructor about your selection as early as possible. An outline of the paper (one page) with at least three references and the copies of the abstract for research articles, or copies of relevant pages for books is due on 30 June 2006. The final version of the paper is due 26 July 2006.
The format of the paper can be decided by the student. However, it should include the following aspects:
· Significance of the problem
· Principle of environmental chemodynamics (e.g., mechanisms, governing equations / reactions, predicting models, etc.)
· Applications to the fate and transport of specific environmental contaminants
· Weakness in the current understanding of the problem
· Future directions in understanding and/or modeling of the problem
The paper should be about 20 pages (double space, font 12, 1 inch margins), including upto 5 figures and/or tables. (These are not counted as pages. If embedded in the text, they should be of normal size – just large enough to read, not large enough to take up an enormous amount of space. Eight to ten references (preferably later than 1998) should be adequate. In order to obtain necessary information, you should make a full use out of our library systems. Consult with a librarian for guidance. Linda Hall is down the road.
Examples of Subjects
· Effects of suspended solids on contaminant transport in the Missouri River
· Biodegradation kinetics of petroleum oil spills in contaminated soils
· Adsorption and irreversible desorption of chlorinated hydrocarbons in soil
· Desorption of dioxin in sediment and its effect on water quality in the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers
· Partitioning of organic contaminants in atmospheric aerosols and its effects on air quality in the Kansas City metropolitan area
· Fate and transport of chemicals of emerging environmental concerns: Pharmaceuticals, hormones and other endocrine disrupting chemicals
Environmental Science and Technology (available on-line)
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Water, Air and Soil Pollution
Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry
Journal of Air Pollution Control Association
Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE
Journal of Environmental Quality
Journal of the Water Pollution Control Federation
Water Resources Bulletin
Water Resources Research
Internet (EPA, TCEQ web sites, etc.)
CH400 COURSE OUTLINE
1. Planet Earth: Rocks, Life and Energy
2. Earth’s Soil and Agriculture: Feeding the Earth’s People
3. The Earth’s Atmosphere
4. Chemistry of the Troposphere
5. Chemistry of the Stratosphere
6. Analysis of Air and Air Pollutants
7. Water Resources
8. Water Pollution and Water Treatment
9. Analysis of water and Wastewater
10. Fossil Fuels: Our Major Source of Energy
11. Nuclear Power
12. Energy Sources for the Future
14. Inorganic and Organic Chemicals in the Environment
15. Organic Chemicals in the Environment
16. Insecticides, Herbicides, and Insect Control.
18. The Disposal of Dangerous Wastes
The instructor has the right to change the syllabus during the semester. This includes substituting lab work for the short paper.
Problems/Questions: For numerical problems show all work in a neat orderly manner with the final answer boxed in. See instructions above.
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