Fall 2016 - CHEM 371 D100

Chemistry of the Aqueous Environment (3)

Class Number: 4084

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
    AQ 4120, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 19, 2016
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Byron Gates
    1 778 782-8066
    Office: C9026
  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 281 and CHEM 360.



An introduction to chemical processes in the aqueous environment. Quantitative treatment of the variables determining the composition of natural systems. Chemistry of aqueous toxic agents, wastewater treatment, and related matters. Quantitative.


This course will provide an introduction to chemical processes in the aqueous environment. Discussions will include a rationalization of the chemistry of aqueous systems in the environment through the use of basic chemical principles, and a quantitative treatment of the variables determining the chemical speciation of natural systems. Topics of particular interest for the discussions will include chemistry of aqueous systems, aqueous toxic agents, wastewater treatment, and current topics in aqueous chemistry.

3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week

Lecture Topics:

  • Chemical speciation in the aqueous environment
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics as it relates to aquatic chemistry
  • Acid-base chemistry of the aquatic environment and the carbonate system
  • Fulvic and humic acids; colloidal materials, metal complexes, gases
  • Redox chemistry of the aquatic environment 
  • Quantitative analyses in the aquatic environment
  • Toxic substances in the environment, speciation and lifetimes of pollutants
  • Waste water treatment, related chemical processes and analyses
  • Current topics in aqueous chemistry of the environment


  • Participation 10%
  • Quizzes and Homework 15%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Term Presentation 25%




Prerequisite: CHEM 281 (or 150) and CHEM 360 (or 261). A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.



Stumm & Morgan. Aquatic Chemistry: Chemical Equilibria and Rates in Natural Waters. 3rd Ed. 1995. Publisher: Wiley. (print or electronic version)


Howard. Aquatic Environmental Chemistry. 1998. Publisher: Oxford Chemistry Primers. (supplementary text book)

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

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