Inorganic Chemistry and Groundwater


The aim of this Semester 1 10 credit module is to help students to develop a quantitative understanding of aqueous inorganic chemistry, and to interpret groundwater chemistry data sets in the context of water-rock interactions to solve problems of regional flow, pollution and well design.


Hours of various activities are tailored to the group concerned, but typically around 16 hours of lectures, 8 hours of practicals, and 2-3 hours of revision chemistry sessions for those wanting them. Practical sessions include use of a geochemical computer model.


Assessment is entirely by examination. The examination is 1.5 hours long with a compulsory question and a choice of 1 from 3 other questions.

The compulsory question covered a good deal of basic theory, and is multi-part, most parts involving a calculation element.

Two of the other three questions are multi-part, covering theory and applied aspects, sometimes parts requiring calculations.

The final question is the interpretation of a regional groundwater chemistry data set.

Key skills

Ability to use environmental datasets to develop conceptual models and then test them out quantitatively using both scoping calculations and more rigorous computer package calculations.