GB471 Stability and dynamics of natural systems

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 1 credit(s) (fasci plus compl plus > 4). Recommended Type of Completion: z (credit). Other types of completion: zk (examination).
doc. RNDr. Josef Zeman, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. RNDr. Josef Zeman, CSc.
Department of Geological Sciences - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: doc. Mgr. Martin Ivanov, Dr.
Supplier department: Department of Geological Sciences - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Successful completion of the course G5081 Geochemistry.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The basic aim of the course is explanation of priciples determinig stability of natural systems and factor influncing rate of natural processes. At the end of course the student should be able to determine conditions at which the system will be stable and the conditions at wich system will have tendecy to change its state.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to: - understand the difference between static and dynamic systems and characterize differences in their behavior - characterize the differences between the thermodynamic equilibrium and the stationary state of the natural systems - identify causes of changes in natural systems - describe the dynamics of basic geochemical processes - build dynamic models of simple geochemical systems
  • Principles Changes Phase stability and phase transitions Systems with constant composition Systems with variable composition Electrochemical systems Thermodynamic description of mixtures Chemical equilibrium Chemical reactions Ion behavior in solutions Oxidation and reduction Dynamics Molecules motion Rate of chemical reactions Kinetic of complex reactions Dynamic of reaction on solid surfaces Surface properties of colloid systems Growth of solid phases Adsorption Catalysis Rate of electrochemical reactions Dynamics of large systems
    recommended literature
  • KRAUSKOPF, Konrad Bates and Dennis K. BIRD. Introduction to geochemistry. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995. 647 s. ISBN 0070358206. info
  • Encyclopedia of geochemistry. Edited by Clare P. Marshall - Rhodes Whitmore Fairbridge. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999. 528 s. ISBN 0412755009. info
  • Mineral-water interface geochemistry. Edited by F. Art White - F. Michael Hochella. Washington: Mineralogical Society of America, 1990. 603 s. ISBN 0-939950-28-6. info
  • LANGMUIR, Donald. Aqueous environmental geochemistry. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1997. viii, 600. ISBN 0023674121. info
  • APPELO, C.A.J. and D. POSTMA. Geochemistry, Groundwater and Polution. 1st ed. Rotterdam/Brookfield: A.A.Balkema, 1994. 519 pp. ISBN 905410 106 7. info
  • YARIV, Shmuel and Harold CROSS. Geochemistry of colloid systems : for Earth scientists. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1979. xii, 450. ISBN 3540089802. info
Teaching methods
Theoretical preparation, independent homework, presentation of results.
Assessment methods
written exam
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught once in two years.
Information on the per-term frequency of the course: Bude otevřen v podzimním semestru 2015/2016.
The course is taught: every week.
Teacher's information
In the information system, students have a complete set of slides from lectures and model examples of simulation of dynamic systems in Microsoft Excel.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2009, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2015, autumn 2017, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2022.
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