1.76 Aquatic Chemistry

As taught in: Fall 2005

Photo of a lake.

Untitled, a photograph by Michael Jastremski. (Image © Michael Jastremski for openphoto.net. Used with permission.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Dr. Jeff Seewald

Dr. Jim Moffett

Dr. Meg Tivey

Course Features

Course Description

This course details the quantitative treatment of chemical processes in aquatic systems such as lakes, oceans, rivers, estuaries, groundwaters, and wastewaters. It includes a brief review of chemical thermodynamics that is followed by discussion of acid-base, precipitation-dissolution, coordination, and reduction-oxidation reactions. Emphasis is on equilibrium calculations as a tool for understanding the variables that govern the chemical composition of aquatic systems and the fate of inorganic pollutants.

This course is offered through The MIT/WHOI Joint Program. The MIT/WHOI Joint Program is one of the premier marine science graduate programs in the world. It draws on the complementary strengths and approaches of two great institutions: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).