2016 Environmental Chemistry

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Instructor(s)
Odawara Osamu  Yoshida Naohiro  Toyoda Sakae  Yamada Keita 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon1-2(G114)  Thr3-4(G114)  
Group
-
Course number
CAP.I405
Credits
2
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2016/4/27
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Environmental chemistry is a wide field of study that deals history of environmental problem, environmental laws, pollutants treatment methods, energy resource issue, etc., based on the understanding of existence and variation of environmental substances. This course focuses on material cycles of intra and inter sub-compartments of the Earth system, geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere and provide the concept of environmental problems based on changes in material cycles.
The purpose of this course is to understand the concepts of environmental problems from the point of view of disturbance of material cycles by human activities.

Student learning outcomes

Students will learn:
1) the natural cycles of environmental substances intra and inter sub compartments of the Earth system, geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.
2) the environmental problems based on the changes in the natural cycles of environmental substances induced by the human activities
3) mechanisms, effects, monitoring and prediction of environmental problems

Keywords

environmental problems, climate change, elemental cycles

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

At the end of each class, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day to solve.
Students must familiarize themselves using course materials provided before coming to class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry Understand the concept of Environmental Chemistry
Class 2 Origin and evolution of substances/molecules Understand origin and evolution of substances/molecules
Class 3 Climate Change and surface environment of the Earth Peruse and understand the contents of section 1 of textbook.
Class 4 Glacial-interglacial cycle and material cycle Peruse and understand the contents of section 2 of textbook.
Class 5 Global worming Peruse and understand the course materials
Class 6 Photochemistry in the stratosphere Peruse and understand the course materials
Class 7 Photochemistry in the troposphere. Peruse and understand the course materials
Class 8 Global cycle of atmospheric compornents Peruse and understand the course materials
Class 9 Environmental impact derived from Earth systems: natural and artificial systems Peruse and understand the contents of section 3 of textbook.
Class 10 Geochemical and environmental chemistry: Solid Earth structure Peruse and understand the contents of section 4 of textbook.
Class 11 Ground water and arsenic pollution Peruse and understand the contents of section 5 of textbook.
Class 12 Methane hydrate Peruse and understand the contents of section 6 of textbook.
Class 13 Hormone-disrupting chemicals Peruse and understand the contents of section 7 of textbook.
Class 14 Yellow sand and acid rain Peruse and understand the contents of section 8 of textbook.
Class 15 Summary Explain the role of chemistry to environmental problems

Textbook(s)

Geochemistry of environment

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on final exams (50%) and exercise problems (50%).

Related courses

  • CAP.I415 : Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • CAP.I435 : Geochemistry
  • CAP.I535 : Material Cycle Analysis

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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