Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2020-2021.

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

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 basic analytical methods used in water chemistry (eg. for pH, conductivity & alkalinity)
  • 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


Weight Duration Mark Supporting materials
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FNo 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
Course coordinator
Magne Olav Sydnes
Coordinator laboratory exercises
Hans Kristian Brekken
Head of Department
Gro Johnsen

Method of work

4 hours lecturing each week. 1 week lab.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (credits)
Water Chemistry (MET100_1) 10

Open to

Master in Environmental Technology. Open on demand and by request to lecturer.

Course assessment

Forms and/or discussion.


Link to reading list

Dette er studietilbudet for studieår 2020-2021.

Last updated: 04.08.2020