Chemistry 125/126: What is Snow Chemistry?

Instructor: Prof. Kerri Pratt

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Section 500: Lecture (Tuesday 10:00AM – 11:00AM), Discussion (Wednesday 2:00PM – 3:00PM) and Lab (Wednesday 3:00PM – 5:00PM)


Chemical reactions occurring on snow surfaces influence the composition of the air, which impacts air quality, weather, and climate change.  Students will measure the chemical composition of Arctic snow to investigate the impacts of rapid Arctic sea ice loss on the Alaskan Arctic snowpack and air. Students will learn general chemistry concepts and skills while conducting a semester-long Arctic snow chemistry research project, learning about scientific literature and measuring snow composition, including using state-or-the-art ion chromatography.


CHEM 125 Section 400 Fall 2016 Syllabus (This syllabus is only to be used as a guide for this course and changes will probably be made to best optimize the course)

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