This 2-day course provides participants with a review of fundamental chemical concepts which underlie an understanding of applied environmental chemistry concepts and practices. This course is designed for environmental professionals who are not chemists but who require a basic knowledge of chemistry and environmental chemistry in their work. Some prior education in chemistry, to the high school level or beyond, is recommended but not required.
Specific topics include unit conversions; chemical bonding; chemical formulas; physical properties; structural formulas; an introduction to organic chemistry, including chemical nomenclature; the theory of operation of analytical methods; and environmental chemical reactions.
This course is immediately followed by the 1.5-day “Chemistry for Environmental Professionals - Applied” training course. Students are encouraged to request both courses when registering.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
Describe common scientific measurements and perform unit conversions
Describe ionic and covalent chemical bonding
Use chemical formulas and the periodic table to calculate the mass of ingredients required to produce given amounts of chemical products
Identify physical and chemical properties that affect chemical fate and transport in soil, water, and air
Describe the structure of an organic chemical contaminant using common diagramming methods, such as the condensed structural formula and other methods
Identify and name simple organic chemicals using the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry nomenclature system
Describe the analytical methods and instruments used to identify chemicals in environmental media
Describe the environmental chemical reactions which cause acid rain.
Note: Calculators are recommended.
Continuing Education Units: 1.4
ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this event. The current event contains 14 hours which can be claimed for credit.
In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at:
THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.
*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*