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An introduction to the key concepts from chemistry that are fundamental to an understanding of the way environmental systems and processes operate.
Key topics include isotopes, chemical bonding, mineral structures and properties, equilibria and kinetics, and water chemistry. Emphasis throughout is placed on application of concepts, to prepare students for the second year.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
1. apply basic concepts from chemistry to the study of environmental systems and processes2. apply numerical problem-solving skills to the study of chemistry, particularly in an environmental context3. use standard laboratory equipment, instrumentation and techniques competently and safely to pursue a simple chemistry-based scientific investigation4. record the progress of a simple scientific investigation using a laboratory notebook5. acquire and interpret experimental data.
The lecture course covers the fundamental concepts and introduces students to the quantitative and problem-solving aspects of the module. These are reinforced in the three problem classes and a box modelling workshop.
The four laboratory practical classes are timed to reinforce and extend ideas and understanding introduced in the lectures. In addition they introduce students to safe and competent working in a chemistry laboratory and to some fundamental procedures and instrumentation.
The coursework (50%) comprises: