Cristo Rey, El Paso, Texas
Fate and Transport of Contaminants in the Environment / Environmental Processes

Fate and Transport of Contaminants in the Environment / Environmental Processes

Environmental Processes

CE 4375-018
25410 Class
4:30 pm-5:50 pm

Class 4:30 pm -5:50 PM TR
CRBL 201



Fate and Transport of Contaminants in the Environment, ISBN: 1932780041


At the end of the course, the student should be able to a) identify and quantify the processes controlling the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment.













  Date Topics and Assignments
  January 17 Chapter 1, Basic Concepts Powerpoint Presentation
  January 19 Chapter 1, Basic Concepts; Problems 1-3
  January 24 Chapter 1, Basic Concepts; Problems 4-8
  January 26 Chapter 1, Basic Concepts   Problems 9-12
  January 31

Chapter 2, Diffusion and Fick's Laws; Problems 1-3  Powerpoint Presentation

Youtube videos (note that these videos have some technical errors in them, but the graphics and experiments are good visuals, what are the errors?):

  February 2 Chapter 2, Diffusion and Fick's Laws; Problems 4-5 ;
  February 7 Chapter 2, Diffusion and Fick's Laws; Problems 6, 7, 9, 10, 11   Radioactive Waste Management Complex   
  February 9

Chapter 3, Interphase Mass Transfer and Partitioning; Problems 1-3 Schwill DNAPLs

Residual Saturation, Solubility, Surfactants, Volatility, TCE Biodegradation, Savannah River Site Integrated Demonstration,

  February 14

Chapter 3, Interphase Mass Transfer and Partitioning; Problems 4-6 Powerpoint Presentation

  February 16

Chapter 3, Interphase Mass Transfer and Partitioning  Problems 7-9 (wetting of a solid)

  February 21 Chapter 4, Mass Balance Models; Problems 1-3
  February 23 Chapter 4, Mass Balance Models; Problems 4-5
  February 28

Chapter 5, Water Chemistry; Problems 1-4     (Geochemistry of Groundwater video) Note: right click on the link and save it to the local hard drive or USB flash drive.

Water Basics

Water Chemistry Problems

More Buffer Solution Problems


  March 2 Review for Test;  Chapter 5, Water Chemistry; Problems 5-8  
  March 7

First Exam: Old Tests: 1 2 3 4 5 6        Homework Problem Solutions: Ch1 Ch2 Ch3 Ch4 Ch5

Try right clicking and downloading to your computer if it won't unlock

  March 9 Chapter 6, Groundwater; Problems 1-4
  March 14 Spring Break
  March 16 Spring Break
  March 21 Chapter 6, Groundwater; Problems 5-8 (Edwards Aquifer)  (Drugs in Water Supply) (Gardiner Soil Physics) (Soil Physics Lecture)
  March 23



Chapter 6, Groundwater  (Drugs in Water Supply, Springs Presentation)

  March 28 Chapter 6, Groundwater  (Jay Lehr: Artesian Flow System, Complex Geologic Media, Cone of Depression, Flow Through a Fault, Gaining Stream, Recharge, Refraction, Single Well, Unsaturated Flow, Edwards Aquifer )
  March 30 Chapter 6, Groundwater  Simulations: continuous release   impulse release; Problems 9, 11
  April 4 Chapter 7, Surface Water; Problems 1-2 (surface/groundwater interaction)
  April 6 Chapter 6, Groundwater; Problems 12-13
  April 11 Chapter 7, Surface Water; Problems 4, 5,6, 8, 9 Problem 8 1D, 2D Hydraulic Jump A, B
  April 13


Chapter 8, Atmosphere - Introduction (seasons)

Turner's Workbook on Atmospheric Dispersion - Most atmospheric dispersion calculations are now done with computer models. However hand calcuations teach intuitive insight into how the computer models work and how we deal with dispersion. This classic text provides an excellent introduction to fundamental concepts at the level we have time to deal with in this class.

  April 18 Chapter 8, Atmosphere; Problems 1-4 (Inversion Slides)
  April 20 Chapter 8, Atmosphere; Problems 6-10  (scenic point inversion facing East Downtown) (Smoke1, Smoke 2, Hydrogen Sulfide)
  April 25 Chapter 8, Atmosphere, Review for Test
  April 27




  May 2

Second Test

Solutions: 5, 6, 7, 8

  May 4 Review for final exam
  Tuesday May 9, 4 PM - 6:45 Final Exam




Links to old tests:  A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R

Homework Solutions:

Useful Links:

EPA: Mathematics Review


Grading will consist of 2 midterm exams (50%), quizzes (25%), and a final exam (25%).  The score on the final may be substituted for the score on one of the midterm exams or the quizzes. The final exam will serve as a makeup exam if required. The quizzes will be open book and given at least once per week.

Tests will be part open book and part closed book. Open book tests allow for use of the textbood, and one page of student notes. Closed book portions allow for one page of notes. The tests will cover class lectures, assigned homework, and assigned reading.  Some old tests are included as links on this web page.

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.

Class Format

The class will generally consist of short lectures followed by problem solving sessions. Some of the problem solving sessions are intended to promote thought and discussion; others are to work through homework. It is expected that the student will have read the relevant chapter and worked all assigned homework prior to coming to class. A portion of the class will be online.


February 27, 2017 10:51 AM