At a Glance

Discipline

  • Chemistry

Instructional Level

  • University

Course

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Group

Type of Tasks

  • Analyzing
  • Creating & designing
  • Presenting
  • Experimenting & conducting inquiry

Technical Details

Class size

  • Small (20-49)

Time

Part of a semester (4-6 weeks)

Purpose

  • Lab & inquiry

Overview

This activity takes an in depth look at the environmental impact of mining and the quantification of environmental contaminants. Students research the history and environmental chemistry of a disused mine and the surrounding area. They are invited to devise their own sampling plans, execute them in the field, then return to the lab to analyze their own samples and the data.

Instructional Objectives

  • Become familiar with field sampling techniques for soil and water
  • Learn to take appropriate precautions for sampling
  • Undertake to prepare for a field exercise
  • Measure the pH of samples

Workflow & Materials

Activity Workflow

This Field Day of Mine

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Contributor's Notes

Gregor Kos
Gregor Kos

Concordia University, Montreal, QC

Benefits

The students engage with the material by producing their own plans and analyzing their own data.

Challenges

The exercise takes place over several class periods.

Tips

Adapt the activity to your needs and resources available (e.g., use titration of water samples); focus content on environmental (impact of trace metal pollution) or analytical topics (trace metal analysis).

Applied Strategies

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    Project-based Instruction

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