, Volume 388, Issue 2, pp 307-314
Date: 07 Mar 2007

Teaching analytical atomic spectroscopy advances in an environmental chemistry class using a project-based laboratory approach: investigation of lead and arsenic distributions in a lead arsenate contaminated apple orchard

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Introduction

Over the last quarter century environmental chemistry has matured as a significant field in chemical sciences. It has become one of the interdisciplinary meeting grounds where chemistry plays a central role in understanding contemporary environmental issues affecting all of us. Increasingly, environmental chemistry has become an important subfield along with inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. The awareness of chemistry, the social and political context of environmental issues, and a good grasp of associated analytical chemistry are also increasingly important for the contemporary environmental chemist; thus, environmental analytical chemistry should be an important part of any study of environmental chemistry.

I believe an environmental chemistry curriculum in a liberal arts college should entice students to appreciate the rewards of learning chemistry and to connect “real-world” issues. The expectations of the