Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol
Prof. D.M. Sherman
Lecture 2: Chemical Fundamentals, Thermodynamics, Acid-Base, Solubility
and Redox Equilibria
One the most important tools we have in environmental geochemistry is thermodynamics. This enables us to predict how chemical reactions will proceed. Using thermodynamics, we can calculate the solubilities of minerals and how reactions with minerals and gases will control the compositions of aqueous solutions.