Chemistry and Environmental Studies
Climate Change: Carbon Dioxide Data Analysis part of ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Activities
This activity is designed for use in a General Chemistry course in conjunction with the introduction of molecular structure and bonding, molecular shape, dipole moment, and infra red spectroscopy. It explores the concentration of selected greenhouse gases geographically and as a function of time. Students are asked to use a simple model to project future greenhouse gas concentrations and the uncertainty in those projections. This activity applies basic chemical principles and quantitative reasoning, while making links with biology and geology, in the context of an environmental issue of current importance.