Kinetics and Surface Chemistry of Soils

Policy for PLSC/CHEM 608

Environmental Soil Chemistry

Next offered Spring 2019

I. Instructor: Donald L. Sparks
S. Hallock duPont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry

Telephone -Office:

(302) 831-3436



250A ISE

Office Hours:

By appointment


450 ISE


Karen Rodalunas

ISE - (Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory)

II. Teaching Assistants:


III. Objectives:

A. To familiarize students with aspects of soil colloids and their equilibrium and kinetic reactions with nutrients, metals, and organic chemicals.

B. To understand fundamental soil chemical processes such as sorption/desorption, ion exchange, precipitation, dissolution, oxidation-reduction, polymerization, and hydrolysis.

IV. Course Format:
The student is responsible for assigned reading and lecture materials, for assigned problem sets, and class case study reports.

V. Reading Material:
The textbook for the course is Environmental Soil Chemistry, 2nd Edition (Academic Press, 2002, San Diego, CA) by D.L. Sparks.

VI. Grading System:

Mid-Term Examination 25%

Final Examination 25%

Problem Sets 30%

Case Study Reports 15%

Class Participation 5%


VII. General Comments: You are encouraged to participate in class and to speak with or contact me or the teaching assistants at any time concerning questions about any portion of the course work or about other problems dealing with the course.


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