EV 211
Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles
Tentative Syllabus

Block 3, 2013



Howard Drossman
Aaron Pina


 

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Syllabus

 

Reading Key

Course Reader (available at the CC bookstore)

CC: Chemistry in Context (Chs. 1-6)
C&C: Cunningham & Cunningham, Environmental Science, Human Populations (Ch. 4)

KC: Kauffman-Cleveland, Environmental Science, Biogeochemical Cycles, (Ch. 6)

Sterman: Business Dynamics (Ch. 4)

Course homework: all assignments marked as POGIL under Reading / Assignments on the course syllabus are available on PROWL

PROWL

Richmond: Introduction to Systems Thinking

Selected literature papers: available on PROWL and marked with italics under Reading / Assignments on the course syllabus

Day

Time

Topic
(in class handout)

Reading / Assignments

Week 1:

Fundamentals of Chemistry & Modeling

Human Population Growth & Ecological Footprints

Air Pollution & Ozone Loss

Mon.

AM

Class Introduction

Stocks and Flows

Causal loops and feedback

 

PM

Introduction to STELLA: Simple Population Model (PROWL)

POGIL: Nuclear Atom
[C&C] Ch. 4: Human Population

Online footprint calculator I (GFN)

Online footprint calculator II (RP)


Tues.

AM

How many people can our Earth support?
Do values shape our impact?

Ecological Footprint Basics
Unit Analysis

Paper II: Wackernagel 2002 (PROWL)
Honest Broker, Ch. 4: Values
Excel footprint calculator

PM

Modeling Project Ia: Logistic Population Model (PROWL)
Paper I: Cohen 1995 (PROWL)

POGIL: Types of Matter

Wed.

AM

How do models work?

Mathematics of modeling

Sensitivity analysis

Sterman Ch. 4
Richmond Ch. 5 (PROWL)

PM

Modeling Project Ib:

Logistic Population Model w/ Footprint Considerations

POGIL: Atoms & Periodicity
CC, Ch. 1

Thurs.

AM

What's In the Air We Breathe?

Ideal Gas Law
Balancing Chemical Reactions

CC Ch. 1

 PM

Modeling Project II: Ocean-Atmosphere Model (PROWL)

POGIL: Ionic & Covalent Bonds
POGIL: Lewis Structures I

Fri. AM

How do anthropogenic chemicals contribute to ozone loss?

POGIL: Lewis Structures II

POGIL: Bond Order

CC Ch. 2
 PM

Quiz 1: Nuclear Atom, Types of Matter, Electron configuration,
Balancing chemical reactions

Online Quiz Due: CC Ch. 1 (Sunday)

POGIL: EM Radiation

POGIL: O3 Resonance Structures
Richmond, Ch. 6

Week 2:

Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Mon.

AM

Why is there a stratospheric ozone 'layer?'

TOMS Data

Chapman Reactions

Eco Footprint Due (9 AM)
Population Model I Due (9 AM)

PM

Modeling Project III: Global Hydrologic Cycle (PROWL)
Paper III: Oki 2006 (PROWL)

POGIL: Molecular Shapes

Tues.

AM

Global climate change, the Greenhouse Effect & Carbon Cycle

Bond Polarity

Quiz 2: Mathematics of Modeling

CC Ch. 3

 

PM

Modeling Project IIII: Western snowmelt
Paper V: Barnett 2008 (PROWL)

Project Proposal Task 1 Due (5 PM)

Online Quiz Due: CC Ch. 2 (11 PM)

POGIL: Mole Concept
POGIL: Partial Pressure

Wed.

AM

What makes a greenhouse gas?

Dipole Moments & GCC Models

STELLA Climate Model (in class)

CC Ch. 4

PM

Modeling Project V: Simple Nitrogen Cycle
Paper IV: Galloway 2008 (PROWL)

POGIL: Thermochemistry
Due
: Ocean-Atmosphere Model II

Thurs.

AM

How might increasing temperatures affect the global hydrologic cycle?

Physical Properties of Water

Thermochemistry of water

Due: Hydro cycle model III (5 PM)

PM

Modeling Project VI: Global Carbon Cycle (PROWL)
Paper III: Archer 2009 (PROWL)

Online Quiz Due: CC Ch. 3

Due: Hydrologic Model

POGIL: Limiting Reagents

Fri.

 

AM

Can we geo-engineer the climate system?

Ocean Geoengineering

Due: N Cycle Model III (5 PM Friday)

PM

Quiz 3: EM radiation; Lewis structures; Molecular shapes & polarity

POGIL: Redox Reactions
Due: Snowmelt Model IV
Final Project Proposal Due (5 PM Sunday)
Online Quiz Due: CC Ch. 4
Richmond, Chs. 7-9

Week 3:

Aquatic & Terrestrial Biogeochemistry

Mon.

 

AM

How do autotrophs make food?

Photosynthesis

Example STELLA Model: C3-C4 Photosynthesis Model

CC Ch. 5

Due: Nitrogen Model V

 

PM

Final Project Proposal Meetings (1-4 PM; 5 - 6:30 PM)

POGIL: Coulomb's Law
KC Chapter 6
Falkowski 2008

Tues.

AM

How do microbes control carbon & nitrogen cycling?

Ionic solutions & reactions

Due: Carbon Cycle Model VI

PM

Final Projects Open Hours (1-4 PM)

POGIL: Molarity
Diaz (2008)

Wed.

AM

Why are there "dead zones" in many coastal areas?

Eutrophication
Example STELLA Model: BOD
Quiz 4: Mole concept, Limiting Reagents, Ideal Gas Law, Vapor Pressure

CC Ch. 6

PM

Final Projects Open Hours (1 - 3 PM)

Online Quiz Due: CC Ch. 5
POGIL: Acid-Base Reactions 1
Acid Rain paper

Thurs.

AM

How does acid deposition affect lake "health"?

Acid-base reactions

Example STELLA Model: Acid Rain
Quiz 5: Predicting Binary Reactions: Mystery Solutions "Lab"

PM

Final Projects Open Hours (1 - 3 PM)

POGIL: Acid-Base Reactions 2

Fri.

AM

Final STELLA Model Presentations (8 - noon)

 

PM

Final STELLA Model Presentations (1-3 PM)

Online Quiz Due: CC Ch. 6

Week 4: Summative Assessments

Mon.

AM

Acid-Base and Reaction Review (9-10 AM)
Quiz 6: Ionic & Covalent Compounds
, Redox and Acid/Base Reactions

(10 - 11 AM)

 

PM

Chemistry Review (1 - 3 PM)

Tues.

AM

Environmental Chemistry & Complexity Exam

PM

Project Reports Due (midnight)

 

 

Wed.

AM

Standardized Chemistry Exam (9 - 10:15 AM)
Class Evaluation (due by Wed. Nov. 25)

 

 


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Supplementary Links

Ecological Footprint Projects

ChemLinks site

Paper III: Postel 1996

Postel paper discussion

Mountain Simulation

Extra Links:

Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment (CC 5.12)

Nutrient Cycling and Bioenergetics

NASA TRMM Q&A

CS Steam Hydrographs (Excel exercise)

CS Precipitation Data  (Excel exercise)

Reading science articles