Kinetics and Surface Chemistry of Soils

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Policy for PLSC/CHEM 608

Environmental Soil Chemistry

Next offered in Spring 2015

I. Instructor: Donald L. Sparks
S. Hallock duPont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry

Telephone -Office:

831-3436

e-mail:

dlsparks@udel.edu

Office:

 

108 Townsend Hall
103 Delaware Biotechnology Institute

Office Hours:

By appointment

Laboratories:

101/104 Worrilow Hall

Assistant:

Kathy Fleischut
Delaware Environmental Institute
103F Delaware Biotechnology Institute
Lectures: http://udcapture.udel.edu/2013s/plsc608-010/
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II. Teaching Assistants:

       
       

III. Objectives:

A. To familiarize students with aspects of soil colloids and their equilibrium and kinetic reactions with nutrients, metals, and organic chemicals.

B. To understand fundamental soil chemical processes such as sorption/desorption, ion exchange, precipitation, dissolution, oxidation-reduction, polymerization, and hydrolysis.

C. To familiarize students with soil acidity and salinity.

IV. Course Format:
The student is responsible for assigned reading and lecture materials, and for assigned problem sets.

V. Reading Material:
The textbook for the course is Environmental Soil Chemistry, 2nd Edition (Academic Press, 2002, San Diego, CA) by D.L. Sparks.

VI. Grading System:

Mid-Term Examination 30%

Final Examination 35%

Problem Sets 35%

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VII. General Comments: You are encouraged to participate in class and to speak with or contact me or the teaching assistants at any time concerning questions about any portion of the course work or about other problems dealing with the course.

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