# Calendar

Course topics were presented by three lecturers; Dr. Meg Tivey (MT), Dr. Jeff Seewald (JS), and Dr. Jim Moffett (JM).

SES # | TOPICS | LECTURERS | KEY DATES |
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I. Review of Thermodynamics, and Setting Up and Solving Equilibrium Problems |
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1 | Introduction, Review of Laws of Thermodynamics Introduction to Tableau Method |
MT | |

2 | Gibbs Free Energy, Chemical Potential, eq. Constants Setting Up Equilibrium Problems - Tableau Method |
MT | Problem set 1 out |

3-4 | Solving Problems by Approximation - Log C vs. pH Diagrams | MT | |

5 | Temperature, Pressure, and Ionic Strength Effects on Equilibrium | MT | |

6 | Properties of Water, Interactions Among Solutes, Activity Coefficients | MT | Problem set 1 due Problem set 2 out |

7 | Activity Coefficients and Debye-Huckel Theory | MT | |

II. Acid-base Chemistry of Natural Waters |
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8-9 | The Carbonate System and Alkalinity | JS | |

10 | Uses of Alkalinity | JS | Problem set 2 due Problem set 3 out |

11 | Limitations of Alkalinity Concept | JS | |

12 | Buffer Capacity | JS | |

13 | Class Discussion - Mid-term (Take-home) | JS | Problem set 3 due |

III. Dissolution and Precipitation |
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14 | Mineral Solubility | JS | Problem set 4 out |

15 | Stability Diagrams | MT | |

16 | Chemical Weathering and Natural Water Composition | MT | |

IV. Complexation |
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17 | Introduction to Complexation | JS | |

18 | Trace Metals - Inorganic Complexation | JS | Problem set 4 due |

V. Redox Chemistry |
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19 | Introduction to Redox Chemistry (Don't use Tableaux) | JM | Problem set 5 out |

20 | Equilibrium Calculations with Redox Reactions | JM | |

21 | Redox Potential (pe) as a System Variable | JM | |

22 | pe-pH Diagrams | JM | Problem set 5 due Problem set 6 out |

23 | Trace Metals - Organic Complexation | JM | |

24 | Effects of Complexation and Precipitation on Redox Equilibria | JM | |

VI. Chemical Kinetics |
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25 | Oxidation Kinetics in Homogeneous Systems | JM | Problem set 6 due |

26 | Heterogeneous Systems Enzyme Catalysis |
JM |