EARTH 131 - Earth and Environmental Chemistry
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in CHEM 130 (Gen Chem).
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles in chemistry for beginning students in Earth and Environmental Sciences and related programs, including Program in the Environment. The fundamental principles of chemistry covered in this course include: the states and properties of matter, chemical stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions, chemical equilibria, atomic and molecular structure, an introduction to thermodynamics and kinetics, and a discussion of the chemical properties of elements with special importance in earth and environmental sciences. Every lecture includes examples from Earth and environmental sciences.

Lectures combine traditional lecturing (~2/3 of each class period) with interactive problem solving and discussion (1/3 of class period). Students successfully completing this course will master the fundamental concepts and vocabulary in chemistry that are at the heart of many discoveries and contemporary challenges in earth and environmental sciences (from the ozone hole to climate change).

Course Requirements:

Student performance will be evaluated on the basis of weekly homework problem sets, participation in class (including "clicker-type questions"), two midterm exams given during lecture periods, and a final examination. These components will be weighted as follows: Homework 20%, Midterm 1 20%, Midterm 2 20%, Final Exam 30%, and Participation 10%.

Intended Audience:

First and second year undergraduates, both nonscience majors and students who plan to major in a science. For Earth and Environmental Science majors, this course satisfies one of the two required prerequisites in chemistry + physics + biology + mathematics.

Class Format:

3 hours lecture plus 1 hour discussion each week

EARTH 131 - Earth and Environmental Chemistry
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
M 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
004 (DIS)
W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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ISBN: 9781305957404
Chemistry, 10th edition, Author: Zumdahl, Zumdahl, DeCoste, Publisher: Cengage 10 2018
ISBN: 9781305957510
Student Solutions Manual, Chemistry 10th edition, Author: Hummel, Zumdahl, Zumdahl, Publisher: Cengage 2018
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