375:560 Air Pollution Measurements Syllabus

Spring 2012 Syllabus
Instructor: Dr. Yuan Gao
Office: 140 Smith Hall
Lecture Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Tuesday
Office Hours: 5:00 – 5:50 pm, Tuesday

Course Description:

This course will focus on the principles of air pollution and techniques of in situ measurements of pollutants in the ambient air.  Topics will include the sources of selected air pollutants and source identification tools, chemical transformation and removal processes of the pollutants, characteristics of particulate matter (PM), measurement techniques of concentrations, particle-size distributions, and deposition.  Regulations on air pollution and reduction techniques will be discussed.  Influence of pollution on the environments locally and globally will also be discussed through case studies. Lectures will be incorporated into extensive discusses and reviews of recent and relevant publications and lab/field visits.
Course Objectives:

This course aims at providing students with improved understanding of air pollution and measurement techniques. Specific objectives of this course include: (1) understanding of fundamental concepts of air pollution, (2) being familiar with the operation principals and functions of selected air measuring instruments, (3) being able to trace possible sources of air pollution, (4) improved understanding of the current state of knowledge in air pollution and its impacts.

Course Materials:

Reference textbook for this course are: (1) Air Quality, 4th edition, by Thad Godish, CRC Press, 2003; (2) Chemistry of the Upper and Lower Atmosphere: Theory, Experiments, and Applications, by Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, Jr., James N. Pitts, Academic Press, 1999. In addition, selected publications in the field relevant to the topics will be reviews and discussed extensively.

Topics covered:

1. Principles of air pollution,
2. Characteristics of selected air pollutants and source identification,
3. PM properties and measurement techniques,
4. Gas-phase chemistry and measurements,
5. Pollution emission controls and regulations,
6. Field measurement designs and data analysis.


Midterm exam (close-book): 20%
Final exam (closed-book): 30%
Term paper (Research Proposal): 20%
Review writing/discussions: 20%
Class presentation: 10%