has an environmental emphases, with applications to radiometric
dating, isotope fractionation, weathering and clay mineralogy..................
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||Dr. Pete Poston
office: NS 110
office hours: M 2, W 11 and 1, R 1, F 11, make an appointment,
or just drop by.
email questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web page: http://www.wou.edu/poston
||One year of
college chemistry, ES 351 or equivalent; or consent of instructor
of Environmental Geochemistry", 1st ed.,G. Nelson Eby.
an online text that is too advanced for this class, but still
has some good explanations in it. It's written by
Prof. W.M. White at Cornell University.
collected, and graded. Frequently similar problems will appear
on an exam! After collection, links to homework answer keys will
be posted at the top of this webpage.
don't hand in any homework, you fail the class.
no make-up exams except for University sanctioned events, in which
case please see me a week in advance for an alternative testing
time. In the event of an unexpected emergency, then -
Midterms: Family-related emergencies or deaths must be
communicated through the Office of Student Affairs (838-8221)
and broadcast to all your professors. Illnesses must be verifiable.
Under these conditions there are two options for replacing the
(1) If the exam hasn't been handed back to the class yet, then
arrange a make-up time with me.
(2) If the exam has already been returned to the class, then I
will replace the missing hour exam score by taking 30% of the
percentage you receive on the final exam (since it is a 150 pt
exam) and 70% of the other midterm score. This option can obviously
only be used once.
Final exam: University policy states that the final exam
time will not be moved. Please do not ask to take the final early
because you want to leave for vacation early! There are humanitarian
exceptions - see me if there's a problem. Again, if you miss
the final and follow the same procedure listed above under midterms,
then I will give you an incomplete and you can take the final
in a future class section to make it up (see Incompletes section
are given under special circumstances such as medical reasons, family
emergencies, etc. In order to receive an incomplete, the University
requires you to sign a contract with me outlining the steps you
must take to finish the course. Usually this means there will be
a time deadline for completion of the course before your grade reverts
to an "F".
2 hour exams (T Jan 25 and Tue
comprehensive final (R, Mar 17, 12-2)
5 homework sets (10 pts each)
It is your
right to request special accommodations under the Americans with
Disabilities Act. For questions, call the Office for Disability
Services at (503) 838-8250 V/TTY, or email them at email@example.com.
of Student Responsibility defines cheating as "intentional
use, or attempted use of artifice, deception, fraud, and/or misrepresentation
of one's academic work". For this class, which involves taking
exams, quizzes, and perform labs, cheating is usually but not
limited to talking or writing to other students, using crib sheets
(prepared notes), or looking at another student's paper.
The penalty for cheating will be a zero grade for the test or
quiz or assignment in question.
the right to appeal this action as described in the Code
of Student Responsibility
to Change as I Rewrite the Course
- Chemistry and
- Rocks &
- Origin of the
Elements, Structure and Composition of the Earth
(not in the text - I will furnish reference materials)
dating, U/Pb dating, C-14 dating
Isotope Geochemistry, 18O/16O geothermometry
- The Atmospheric
Environment - Ozone Hole, Global Warming, Air Pollution
- The Continental
Environment - Ionic substitution, Weathering, Carbonates, Clay Minerals,
Hydrolysis of Silicates
- Intro to Electrochemistry
- Nernst Equation
- Eh-pH (Pourbaix)
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