Chemistry of Earth spheres

Type: Normative

Department: pedology and soil geography




SemesterAmount of hoursLecturerGroup(s)
132Associate Professor BONISHKO O.GRPH-11s, GRPH-12s

Laboratory works

SemesterAmount of hoursGroupTeacher(s)
132GRPH-11sAssociate Professor BONISHKO O., Associate Professor IVANYK M.
GRPH-12sAssociate Professor BONISHKO O., Associate Professor IVANYK M.

Course description

“Chemistry of Earth spheres ” is a normative discipline for the students of speciality 106 “Geography”, educational program “Geography”, “Urban studies, spatial planning and regional development” , bachelor’s degree, taught in 1 semester in the volume of 4 credits (according to European Credit-transfer System ECTS).

The syllabus of the course envisages mastering base knowledge of students in chemistry, extending intercommunications between geospheres (atmosphere and hydrosphere, hydrosphere and pedosphere) by chemical composition, chemical processes of substances transformation, provision of practical use of analytical methods for the analysis of objects of environment.
Students get basic knowledge of the origin of elements, their structure, properties, distribution of elements on Earth, their migration as basic classes of substances.
Discipline highlights the issue of true colloid solutions, equilibrium in solutions, buffer systems that keep the value of рН solutions permanent. Considerable attention is paid to the study of basic chemical processes in the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere taken compounds in gas, liquid and solid state. Ecological situation, composition of waters, soils by the content of components is estimated by means of analytical operations (filtration, besieging, drying, weighing, titration, and photometry).

On completion of the course, a student should be able to:

  • make the chart of processes of oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, phosphorus transformation in an environment;
  • determine possibilities of development of exchange reaction between electrolytes in solutions;
  • make charts of electrolytic dissociation of bases, acids, salts;
  • equate redox reactions;
  • solve tasks on solutions;
  • write down equations of nuclear reactions, hydrolysis, electrolysis;
  • determine acidity of solutions environment by indicators and рН;
  • apply chemical knowledge to improve ecological situation of environment and conduct ecological monitoring;
  • use knowledge of methods of ecological research in practice;
  • estimate the role of biochemical processes in hydrosphere.

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