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Geochemistry

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John Ayers
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john.c.ayers@vanderbilt.edu

Vanderbilt University
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University with graduate programs, including doctoral programs
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Summary

Application of chemistry to study the distribution and cycling of elements in the crust of the earth. Includes chemical bonding and crystallization, phase rules and phase diagrams, chemical equilibria, theories on the origin of elements, earth, ocean, atmosphere, and crust.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry
Resource Type: Course Information:Goals/Syllabi
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Course Type: Upper Level:Geochemistry
Course Size:

less than 15

Course Context:

This is a standard Geochemistry course taken by upper level undergraduate and graduate students. Sometimes I offer a companion lab that focuses on sample collection, preparation, and analysis. Prerequisites are Mineralogy and one semester of Chemistry, but I waive the Chemistry requirement for students who are willing to do extra work to catch up.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to:


How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Students complete six homework assignments that require application of quantitative problem solving skills. They research and write a term paper, which requires submission and grading of an outline, a first draft, and a final draft. They then give an oral presentation to the class.

Skills Goals


How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Students complete six homework assignments that require application of quantitative problem solving skills.

Attitudinal Goals


How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

The complexity of course material and the difficulty of homework assignments increase gradually over the course of the semester. I also make a point of using examples from many different Geoscience disciplines in lectures, homework assignments, and tests.

Assessment

Grade all six homework assignments, two mid-term exams and a final exam. I also grade oral presentations, course participation, and draft and final versions of the term paper.

Syllabus:

Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 80kB Jun23 10)


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