Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand the chemical composition of the constituents of the soil solid phase and the soil solution, the reactions that take place and the soil chemical properties.
2. Apply specific laboratory methods for the study of soil chemical processes.
3. Interpret the results of chemical analysis.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Elementary soil composition. Soil minerals and clay minerals. Soil organic matter. Soil solution, activity of water soluble ions, use of models for the description of the chemical composition of soil solution. Solubility of the soil solid constituents - Solubility diagrams. Ion exchange - Isotherms and thermodynamics parameters. Ion sorption - Sorption isotherms, thermodynamics parameters. Kinetics of reactions in soil. Oxidation and reduction.
Clay minerals, ion exchange, kinetics, oxidation, reduction, soil chemistry, soil organic matter, sorption, thermodynamics