DAY                            DATE                          Lecture




Tuesday, January 22                    Spectroscopy/Greenhouse.1

Thursday, January 24                    Spectroscopy/Greenhouse.2


Tuesday, January 29                    Liquids and Solutions.1, Student submission of urls to TA.

Thursday, January 31                    Liquids and Solutions.2


Tuesday, February 5                   Liquids and Solutions.3

Thursday, February 7                   WEB ASSIGNMENT 1. DISCUSSION (Greenhouse)


Tuesday, February 12                 Liquids and Solutions.4

Thursday, February 14            Gas Phase Equilibrium.1


Tuesday, February 19                 Gas Phase Equilibrium.2

Thursday, February 21            Gas Phase Equilibrium.3


Tuesday, February 26               EXAM 1    

Thursday, February 28          Ionic Equilibrium.1


Tuesday, March 5                       Ionic Equilibrium.2

Thursday, March 7                       Ionic Equilibrium.3


Tuesday, March 12                     Ionic Equilibrium.4

Thursday, March 14                     Ionic Equilibrium.5




Tuesday, March 26                  EXAM 2    

Thursday, March 28                    WEB ASSIGNMENT 2. DISCUSSION (Silent Spring)


Tuesday, April 2                      Thermodynamics.1

Thursday, April 4                      Thermodynamics.2


Tuesday, April 9                      Thermodynamics.3

Thursday, April 11                    Thermodynamics.4


Tuesday, April 16                     Kinetics.1

Thursday, April 18                  Kinetics.2


Tuesday, April 23                      Kinetics.3

Thursday, April 25                   Exam 3


Tuesday, April 30                   Special Topics.1

Thursday, May 2                     Special Topics.2


Friday, May 10                        FINAL EXAM





EXPERIMENTAL SECTION. Environmental General Chemistry

Professors Fine, McDermott and Venkataraman

LECTURES: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:10-2:25 P.M.

Room 209 (not 309) Havemeyer

Office hour: Tuesdays 2:30-4:00 P.M., or by appointment.


RECITATION SECTIONS: Monday at 4pm; Friday at 2pm.

The assistant in the course is Ms. Melissa Morlok

Her Office Hours are Thursdays from 3pm to 4pm.


Undergraduate Office: Room 318 Havemeyer. Phone 854-2163.

Ms. Socky Lugo is the Administrative Coordinator for Undergraduate programs.

Ms. Daisy Melendez is the Undergraduate Secretary.


This is the second term of the two-term introductory chemistry sequence. The first term is presumed as prerequisite and the permission of the instructor is required.  Topics are similar to those taught in Chemistry c1404.001/002 but with a more developed bias toward environmental chemistry, issues and policy, including an introduction to spectroscopy and greenhouse gases; liquids, solutions, and changes of state; the properties of water, methane and carbon dioxide; gas phase equilibria and atmospheric ozone  chemistry; equilibria in aqueous solutions, especially acids and bases and the solubility of sparingly soluble salts, especially carbonate equilibria; energy and the laws of thermodynamics; oxidation-reduction and  electrochemistry;  and chemical dynamics with an introduction to reaction mechanisms. Materials correspond to Chapters 9-15,special topics, and other text materials appropriate to the lectures and recitations as may be assigned. 


REQUIRED text for the course: Fine, Beall, and Stuehr (FBS): Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers. Preliminary (paperback) Edition, Saunders College Publishing (Philadelphia, 1999). Detailed answers to the odd-numbered problems in FBS text can be found in the Student Solutions Manual. Copies are available from the Columbia University Bookstore and are on reserve in the Chemistry Department Library, 4th Floor of Chandler.


Everyone is expected to read the 1994 paperback reissue of Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, Albert Gore.


Homework Assignments are given at the discretion of the recitation instructors. Homework problems are often typical of problems on exams.


Recitation sections provide a smaller setting for discussion of concepts, problems, and other aspects of the course, including materials that may have been incompletely covered in lecture or were not covered at all. Recitations meet once a week, either on Monday afternoon at 4:00 P.M., or on Friday afternoon at 2:00 P.M.. You must select one or the other. Enrollment in each is limited to 15 (or half the classs size).  Attendance is not taken in lecture or recitation but your full participation is expected. 


CHEMWrite list:

1)      Vaclav Smail: Enriching the Earth - Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, and the Transformation of World Food.

2)      Christian Warren: Brush with Death – A Social History of Lead Poisoning.

3)      Linda Lear: Rachel Carson-Witness for Nature

4)      Kenneth Deffeyes: Hubbert’s Peak-The Impending World Oil Shortage

  5)Mark Plotkin: Tales of the Shaman's Apprentice


Examinations, web assignments, and CHEMWrite are valued as follows:

Lowest Exam               12%

Middle Exam                16%

Highest Exam               20%

Web Assignments       8%

Final Exam                   28%

CHEMWrite                16%


There are no makeup examinations for any reason. If you are forced to miss an exam for just cause (such as illness or personal problems beyond your control), then let us know as soon as possible. The usual consideration in such situations is to prorate the other two exams at values of 20% (lowest) and 24% (highest), and 32% (Final).


There is a penalty for late submission of the WEB ASSIGNMENTS.


Consult the course web site for the latest information, updates, and answers to questions.


Course Bulletin Board / Newsgroup: at  the following URL:

Use the public bulletin board as a forum for the discussion of issues and questions relating to the course. Questions of an administrative or academic nature may be posted (i.e., homework, exam questions, Chemwrite).


Course Email: need address……….

Questions can be sent to this email privately. Administrative / web site-related questions only, please.