After completion of the course, the student is able to understand and predict how processes such as chemical equilibria, acid/base and redox reactions occur in nature. The student will have acquired basic knowledge on chemical thermodynamics, the electron structure of atoms and its relationship with the periodic table. The student will understand how properties and structures of minerals, fluids and gases are governed. Finally, she/he will have learned about the origin of matter, the composition of Earth, instrumental analytical techniques, stable and radiogenic isotopes and about a small selection of minerals.|
From the big-bang origin of the universe to chemical equilibria in the natural waters, this course will equip the student with the basic (in)organic chemistry to pursue a career in environmental sciences. It covers basic chemistry such gas laws, thermodynamics, equilibria, phase theory, atom structure etc, as well as contemporary topics such ocean acidification, hypoxia and the origin of the universe and the habitability of the earth.|
This course is the entry requirement for Bachelor's thesis GSS (GEO3-2422), track WCE.