Nov 30, 2023
GEOL 5280 - Physical Geochemistry
Basic principles of physical chemistry for hydrogeologic, environmental, and geologic applications. Topics include adsorption and desorption reactions, chemistry of sulfur and iron, introduction to stable isotopes, transport mechanisms of chemical species, and origin, formation, and migration of oil.
Credit Hours: 4
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Graduate students will write a term paper about a topic assigned by the instructor or a field report about some additional field work assigned only to graduate students.
- Be able to calculate maturation paths and index of maturity for organic matter.
- Be able to use speciation and reaction-path modeling programs (such as PHREEQCI) for calculating multicomponent chemical equilibria in aqueous system, mixing of waters, and reactions between water and minerals.
- Be able to use speciation and reaction-path modeling programs (such as PHREEQCI) to simulate one-dimensional advective transport and fluid flow.
- Be able to use speciation and reaction-path modeling programs (such as PHREEQCI) to simulate sorption and cation exchange reactions.
- Know how to apply thermodynamic, kinetic, and mass transport concepts to problems in groundwater and environmental geology.
- Know the more important sorption isotherms equations that explain sorption processes in environmental problems.
- Know the physical chemical bases for the maturation of organic matter and generation of hydrocarbon gases, oil and coal.
- Understand the role of redox processes in the generation of acid mine drainage to solve problems involving redox chemistry.
- Understand the role of sorption in solute transport by groundwater movement and will be able to solve problems involving sorption processes.
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