1.76 Aquatic Chemistry

Fall 2005

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

Course Highlights

This course features several reference materials for study, as well as a full set of assignments.

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).

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this section: .rm.

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Dr. Jim Moffett
Dr. Jeff Seewald
Dr. Meg Tivey

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session