This module aims at introducing the basic principles of chemistry to Earth systems, including bonds in minerals, chemical composition of rocks and aqueous solutions, and isotopes as tracers and clocks.
- Module details
Title Geochemistry UG Code GEOL0008 Coordinator TBA Other Contributors Term 1 Credit 15 credits Written Exam Coursework 100% coursework Pre-Requisites None Maths & Stats Content and Requirement General GCSE-level (or equivalent) knowledge of maths Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 hours Hours of Lectures/Seminars 20 hours Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 20 hours Hours of Tutorials 0 Days of Fieldwork 0 Other None Categorizing Student Performance Levels
The module provides an introduction to the principles of chemistry as they apply to the Earth system. Fundamental concepts of geochemistry will be learned in class lectures and in practicals focused on chemical bonding, mineral types and stability, stable and radioactive isotopes, aqueous geochemistry, low-temperature chemical reactions, and organic geochemistry. Practical sessions will cement this knowledge as will a term project comparing natural and processed waters by giving the students the opportunity to analyse real world data of practical importance.
By the end of this module students will be able to provide a sound basis for considering the fundamental chemical processes operating in the Earth system, including bonding and minerals, isotopes and fluid chemistry.
To provide a sound basis for considering the fundamental chemical processes operating in the Earth system, including bonding and minerals, isotopes and fluid chemistry. The course aims to provide a foundation for further study of mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry and hydrogeology.