DEPARTMENT: Geology
INSTRUCTOR: Carl Kirby

COURSE NUMBER: GE 205
TITLE: Introduction to Geochemistry

SEMESTER OFFERED: Fall
PREREQUISITES, IF ANY: CH201-202 or CH 221 or permission
ENROLLMENT RESTRICTIONS, IF ANY (SUCH AS "REQUIRES PERMISSION," "OPEN ONLY TO MAJORS," "NOT OPEN TO SENIORS," ETC.)

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I. GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVE
To familiarize students with the distribution and abundances of elements in the earth. To explore chemical principles that geologists employ in the study of the earth with particular attention to near surface, aqueous phenomena. To familiarize students with inorganic geochemical laboratory practices and field sampling techniques. To equip students with computer skills for analyzing geochemical data.

II. DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT MATTER
Box models for global and local cycling of elements, basic thermodynamics, equilibrium constants, mineral solubility, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction processes, precipitation and dissolution, adsorption and trace element mobility, chemical weathering, development of soils, acid mine drainage, carbonate equilibria, stable isotopes, radioactive decay, kinetics, natural waters, use of computers to solve geochemical problems.

III. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION AND STUDY
Lecture, small group work in class, field trips, problem-solving practice, laboratory work, use of computer spreadsheets, graphing programs and geochemical equilibrium codes. Collaborative and individual work. Graded laboratories, hourly exams, final exam.

IV. INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND SOURCES
Textbook; reserve readings assigned from scientific journals; computer software (available through networks or provided); diskettes.


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