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Environmental Engineering Fundamentals


Environmental Engineering Fundamentals
CE 3325 - 13602

  T/R 9-10:20 AM
Education Building, Room 302

Instructor: John Walton
Email: WaltonClass "at" gmail.com

Office Hours:
My office is Engineering Annex 216 in the Engineering Annex Building.  My office hours for the Fall 2009 semester are Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. During office hours, I will generally be in my office.  You do not need an appointment to see me during these hours, just come to the office. You can come by at any other time, but I may be out of my office teaching a class, working in the lab, or attending a meeting.  If you cannot meet with me during office hours, please see me after class for an appointment.

TA: Tejaswini Anand


Textbook: Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science, Third Edition by Masters and Ela

ISBN: 0-13-148193-2
















Course Description

General introduction to Environmental Engineering. It will be assumed that you have read the chapter prior to coming to class. I will not lecture on material that is explained well in the text, but it will be on the tests.


Date Material Covered Homework
T August 25

Class Organization

Chapter 1, Mass and energy transfer

R August 27

Go over Chapter 1 Homework, finish covering chapter

Some lecture materials (PowerPoint Presentations) are from the CPO Series: http://dev.cpo.com/home/2/ForEducators/FoundationsofPhysicalScience3rdEdition/tabid/266/Default.aspx

Problems: 1.1 (157 ug/m3, 133 ug/m3), 1.5 (1.287 kg/m3), 1.7 (0.33)

T Sept 1   Problems: 1.8 (4.72 mg/l), 1.9 (0.371 m3/s), 1.17 (Cinf=10.5 ug/m3)
R Sept 3


Problems: 1.18 (C2hr=12.3 ug/m3,
1.22 (6.53 mg NaOH, 4.38x10^-8 s), 1.23 (9.6F)

T Sept 8   Problems: 1.24 (81.9x10^6 BTU/season, $546/yr), 1.29 (0.37 m3/s)
R Sept 10

Chapter 2: Environmental Chemistry


Chapter 2: Environmental Chemistry

Problems: 1.36 (136 W), 1.37 (925W)

T Sept 15   Problems: 2.1 , 2.2 (74 g O2), 2.4 (0.0555), 2.5 7.38 mol/liter
R Sept 17


Problems: 2.7 , 2.17 (3.16), 2.18 (6.25)

T Sept 22   Problems: 2.19 (3.16 10^-6), 2.20 (213, 62.6, 53.3)
R Sept 24

(note: move next chapter (Ch 3) to this day next year)


Problems: 2.21 (0.97, 0.256, 0.0034), 2.25 (9.5E-7)


T Sept 29

Chapter 3: Mathematics of Growth

Chapter 3: Mathematics of Growth

Problems: 2.29, 2.34, 2.36

R Oct 1  

Today's Quiz: Download stock prices for a company of your choice as monthly values for the period 1992 through 1999, fit a straight line to the (92-99) data and project the price on October 1, 2009. Compare your projection with the actual price. Show the projected and actual stock prices on a graph for the period 1992 - 2009 with the projection based only on the 1992 - 1999 time period. How easy is it to get rich?

Problems: 3.1, 3.9

T Oct 6

Chapter 4: Risk Assessment

Chapter 4: Risk Assessment

EPA Risk Assessment Portal

Problems: 3.11, 3.15

R Oct 8 Chapter 5, Water Pollution

Chapter 5: Water Pollution
Homework Solutions

Problems: 4.1, 4.2

T Oct 13


Problems: 4.24, 4.31, 4.33

R Oct 15  


Problems: 5.1, 5.6, 5.21

T Oct 20

First Midterm

First Midterm Practice Test

Actual Test

R Oct 22 Chapter 6: Water Quality Control, Sections 6-9

Chapter 6: Water Quality Control, Sections 6-9
(Lecture Only with Class Exercise, No Homework)

5.25, 5.26, 5.27,


T Oct 27


5.37, 5.51, 5.54
R Oct 29    
T Nov 3   Chapter 7: Air Pollution
R Nov 5

Air Pollution Meteorology

7.1, 7.3, 7.12


T Nov 10 Gaussian Plume Model 7.31, 7.32, 7.33
R Nov 12

Indoor Air Pollution


7.56, 7.60

T Nov 17

Chapter 8: Global Atmospheric Change

New Scientist Introduction to Global Climate Change

ASCE on Climate Change

Climate Change Adaptation by Design

Chapter 8: Global Atmospheric Change


R Nov 19   8.1, 8.6, 8.11 (solutions)
T Nov 24   Chapter 9: Waste Management
R Nov 26 Thanksgiving Holiday Holiday
T Dec 1 Second Midterm Second Midterm has been moved to Thursday because of school closure.
R Dec 3 Second Midterm Key to Second Midterm

Review for Final Examination

Practice Final
Dec 9

Final Examination: Dec 8 10-12:45

Final Examination - Cheat sheet: one sheet w/two sides or two sheets of one side each (e.g., two prior cheat sheets) 2009 Test

The Bureau of Reclamation is looking for interns, contact:

Derrick O'Hara
Civil Engineer
USBR - El Paso
(915) 534 - 6315


Texas Solar Radiation Data http://www.me.utexas.edu/~solarlab/tsrdb/index.



Midterms: 2 x 25%, Final 25%, Quiz 15%, Homework 10%

The final can be used to replace any of the other three scores (quizzes and homework combined is one) and this will be done automatically if it improves your grade. The final will be the makeup examination for any missed exams.

Quizzes will be given at times to be selected by the instructor that will not be announced in advance. Usually the quiz is given at the start of class and will be subject to a time limit. The lowest two quizzes will be thrown out when calculating the grade. This is to allow for contingencies such as illness and doctor appointments during the semester.

            Regular homework assignments will be used to reinforce the concepts and techniques covered in the text and class.  All homework will be evaluated and will count as 5% of your final grade.  The homework should be neat and contain the problem statement, theory and solution.  Each team should be prepared to present any of the homework problems when they are due.  Assignments should be on engineering paper or computer paper, stapled and flat (do not fold).  Late homework will only be accepted in the event of illness or an emergency and must be approved by the instructor. Homework grading will focus on whether your have made a serious attempt to work the problem - not that you have obtained the correct answer. Please show your work.


During examinations all books, mobile phones, and notes are to be left along the wall at the front of the room. Only the allowed calculators, a one page 8.5x11 inch cheat sheet (one side), and the textbook with no inserts are allowed.

Allowed Calculators

The following will be the only calculators allowed in exams:

These are the same calculators that are currently being allowed in the Fundamental of Engineering (FE) and Professional Engineering (PE) exams. It is your responsibility to get acquainted with the features of the calculator you decide to use. I recommend that you use this calculator for all your work (including other courses) since this will help you learn how to use all the features of your calculator



Class attendance is not required, however the student is responsible for all material presented. Material presented in class periods the student does not attend should be obtained from other students - not by coming to the instructor. My experience is that students who do not work assigned homework prior to class do poorly on tests.

Policy on Cheating

Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty included but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents' Rules and regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22. Since, scholastic dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the university, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. In short, cheating will not be tolerated.