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Water Chemistry MLJ500

Water chemistry introduces the principles and use of calculations of equilibra in aquatic systems.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience

Learning outcome
After passing this course the students should be able to:
  • understand general topics as acid and base reactions, precipitation/dissolution and complexing
  • understand the carbonate buffer system, and the impact for aquatic chemistry in general
  • understand effects of speciation on availability and toxicity of selected ions
Water chemistry introduces the principles and applications for chemical equilibria in aquatic systems. The course includes weak and strong single- and multiple acid- and base systems, including calculations on such complex systems. Titration curves and buffer properties will be discussed. The equilibria between gas and liquid phase (e.g. for CO2 ) will be included. The equilibria between metals selected complex formers will be discussed.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
BIK300 Analytical chemistry, KJE240 Analytical Environmental Chemistry
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours A - F No printed or written materials are allowed. Approved basic calculator allowed

Coursework requirements
Laboratory Reports
The laboratory reports must be approved in order to take the exam.
Course teacher(s)
Course teacher: Espen Enge
Coordinator laboratory exercises: Erling Berge Monsen
Coordinator laboratory exercises: Hans Kristian Brekken
Course coordinator: Espen Enge
Head of Department: Ingunn Westvik Jolma
Method of work
4 hours lecturing each week. 1 week lab.
Open for
Master in Environmental Technology. Open on demand and by request to lecturer.
Course assessment
Forms and/or discussion.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Water Chemistry (MET100) 10
The syllabus can be found in Leganto