May 31, 2020  
Rensselaer Catalog 2008-2009 
Rensselaer Catalog 2008-2009 [Archived Catalog]

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CHEM 4690 - Aqueous Geochemistry

Fundamentals of aqueous chemistry as applied to the evolution of natural waters. The course covers principles of chemical equilibrium, activity models for solutes, pH as a master variable, concentration and Eh-pH diagrams, mineral solubility, aqueous complexes, ion exchange, and stable isotopes. The carbonate system, weathering reactions, and acid rain are examined in detail. Emphasis is on the chemical reactions that control surface and groundwater evolution in natural and engineered (treatment process) settings. Students learn theory, computation methods, and the use of computer programs for calculation of speciation and mass balance.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

When Offered: Fall term annually.

Cross Listed: Cross-listed as ENVE 4110 and ERTH 4690. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and either ERTH 4690 or ENVE 4110.

Credit Hours: 4

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