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Principles of Environmental Chemistry, 3rd Edition

  • James E. Girard
  • ISBN-10: 1449693520
  • ISBN-13: 9781449693527
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Appropriate for students with a general chemistry background, Principles of Environmental Chemistry, Third Edition helps students understand the underlying chemical processes that are operating in the environment while demonstrating how difficult it is to measure these systems. The author emphasizes that all living and nonliving parts of our environment are comprised of chemicals and that all of the natural processes continuously occurring in the environment involve chemical reactions. With this concept of interdependence, students begin to see that without some understanding of chemistry, it is impossible to fully understand environmental issues such as ozone depletion, global warming, air and water pollution, and the hazards of radioactivity. The Third Edition includes a new chapter on Green Chemistry as well as numerous updates throughout to address the changes in the field.


  • Instructor’s resources include PowerPoint® Lecture Outlines, answers to end of chapter problems, and a testbank.

  • A student companion website includes chapter outlines, interactive glossary, flashcards, and weblinks.

About the Author

James E. Girard

Dr. James Girard is Professor and Chairman of the Chemistry Department at American University. He teaches analytical, environmental and forensic chemistry, as well as chemistry for non-science majors. Since he has been at the American University, he has received more than 25 grants totaling more than 3 million dollars and has published over 60 research articles. Professor Girard is a specialist in analytical chemistry. His research focuses on the methods and techniques used to separate and identify complex mixtures. He has also developed methods for the analysis of environmental pollutants in soil and water, the amount of neurotransmitter present in human serum, the concentration of disinfectants in hospital disinfectants, the composition of polymers and the separation and identification of genetic material from DNA. At American University he has supervised over 25 Masters Theses and 30 PhD dissertations. Professor Girard is the recipient of awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship. He was the 1995 recipient of the Leo Schubert Award for Outstanding Teaching of Science at the College Level from the Washington Academy of Sciences. In addition, Professor Girard has served as an expert witness in court cases involving environmental, patent infringement and personal injury.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Planet Earth: Rocks, Life, and Energy
Chapter 2: Earth's Soil and Agriculture: Feeding the Earth's People
Chapter 3: The Earth's Atmosphere
Chapter 4: Global Warming and Climate Change
Chapter 5: Chemistry of the Troposphere
Chapter 6: Chemistry of the Stratosphere
Chapter 7: Analysis of Air and Air Pollutants
Chapter 8: Water Resources
Chapter 9: Water Pollution and Water Treatment
Chapter 10: Analysis of Water and Wastewater
Chapter 11: Fossil Fuels: Our Major Source of Energy
Chapter 12: Nuclear Power
Chapter 13: Energy Sources for the Future
Chapter 14: Inorganic Metals in the Environment
Chapter 15: Organic Metals in the Environment
Chapter 16: Sustainability and Green Chemistry
Chapter 17: Insecticides, Herbicides, and Insect Control
Chapter 18: Toxicology
Chapter 19: Asbestos
Chapter 20: The Disposal of Dangerous Wastes

New to this edition

  • Includes a new chapter on Green Chemistry.
  • A new key term glossary is now included at the end of the text.
  • New feature boxes assess students understanding of chapter material with analytical questions and problems.
  • Includes additional chemical equations throughout the text.
  • A new electronic student study guide and solutions manual is available with the third edition.