Aquatic Chemistry OpenCourseWare: A Free Graduate Study Marine Science Course by MIT

Published Jan 26, 2009

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Learn about the various chemical processes in aquatic systems in the 'Aquatic Chemistry' OpenCourseWare. The free graduate course, offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is part of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. MIT students taking this course are often pursuing a Master of Engineering in Environmental and Water Quality Engineering or a similar degree.

Aquatic Chemistry: Course Specifics

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Aquatic Chemistry: Course Description

In 'Aquatic Chemistry,' graduate students will learn about various chemical processes in aquatic systems, including oceans, lakes, wastewaters, rivers, groundwaters and estuaries. The free graduate course teaches students how to identify the behavior of organic species in these environments. Students also learn how to establish equilibrium composition of an aquatic system in its condition and how to examine complex approximation techniques. Some of the lecture topics include thermodynamics, acid-based chemistry of natural waters, dissolution and precipitation, complexation, chemical kinetics and redox chemistry. The on-campus course was taught by MIT professors Dr. Jim Moffett, Dr. Jeff Seewald and Dr. Meg Tivey in 2005 as a lecture class two sessions per week. The course was also offered in conjunction with the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program, which is a marine science graduate program that combines academic knowledge from MIT and WHOI institutions.

This course includes study aids, homework sheets and practice exams. If you are interested in taking this free graduate course, visit the aquatic chemistry course page.

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