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Environmental Engineering Bachelor Information
1. Semester
First Year Examinations (1. Sem.)
401-0241-00LAnalysis IO7 credits5V + 2UM. Akveld
AbstractMathematical tools for the engineer
ObjectiveMathematics as a tool to solve engineering problems. Mathematical formulation of technical and scientific problems. Basic mathematical knowledge for engineers.
ContentComplex numbers.
Calculus for functions of one variable with applications.
Simple Mathematical models in engineering.
LiteratureKlaus Dürrschnabel, "Mathematik für Ingenieure - Eine Einführung mit Anwendungs- und Alltagsbeispielen", Springer; online verfügbar unter:

Tilo Arens et al., "Mathematik", Springer; online verfügbar unter:

Meike Akveld, "Analysis 1", vdf;

Urs Stammbach, "Analysis I/II" (erhältlich im ETH Store);
401-0141-00LLinear AlgebraO5 credits3V + 1UM. Akka Ginosar
AbstractIntroduction to Linear Algebra
ObjectiveBasic knowledge of linear algebra as a tool for solving engineering problems.
Understanding of abstract mathematical formulation of technical and scientific problems. Together with Analysis we develop the basic mathematical knowledge for an engineer.
ContentIntroduction and repetition of vector geometry, linear systems of equations, general vector spaces and linear mappings, bases, change of basis, matrices, determinants and traces, diagonalization, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonal transformations, scalar-product, Gram-Schmidt.

Calculation with MATLAB will be introduced in the first exercise class.
LiteratureK. Nipp, D. Stoffer, Lineare Algebra, VdF Hochschulverlag ETH

G. Strang, Lineare Algebra, Springer
252-0845-00LComputer Science I Information O5 credits2V + 2UH. Lehner, F. Friedrich Wicker
AbstractThe course covers the basic concepts of computer programming.
ObjectiveBasic understanding of programming concepts. Students will be able to write and read simple programs and to modify existing programs.
ContentVariablen, Typen, Kontrollanweisungen, Prozeduren und Funktionen, Scoping, Rekursion, dynamische Programmierung, vektorisierte Programmierung, Effizienz.
Als Lernsprache wird Java eingesetzt.
LiteratureSprechen Sie Java?
Hanspeter Mössenböck
101-0031-01LSystems EngineeringO4 credits4GB. T. Adey, C. Kielhauser
AbstractAn introduction to system development, analysis and optimization, and decision making, with focus on linear programming, networks, formal decision methods and economic analysis.
Objective- to gain compentency in methods used to plan and analyse systems
- to gain the ability to formulate, analyse and solve complex problems
- to gain compentency in the methods used for the evaluation of multiple solutions
Content- Introduction
- System development
- System analysis
- Networks
- Decision theory
- Economic analysis
- Cost-benefit analysis
Lecture notesScript and transparencies as well as additional material via Moodle.
The transparencies will be provided via Moodle two days before the respective class.
651-0032-00LGeology and PetrographyO4 credits2V + 1UK. Rauchenstein, M. O. Saar
AbstractThis course gives an overview of the basic concepts of geology and petrography and shows some links to the application of these concepts. The course consists of weekly lectures and bi-weekly exercises in groups.
ObjectiveThis course gives an overview of the basic concepts of geology and petrography and shows some links to the application of these concepts.
ContentGeologie der Erde, Mineralien - Baustoffe der Gesteine, Gesteine und ihr Kreislauf, Magmatische Gesteine, Vulkane und ihre Gesteine, Verwitterung und Erosion, Sedimentgesteine, Metamorphe Gesteine, Historische Geologie, Strukturgeologie und Gesteinsverformung, Bergstürze und Rutschungen, Grundwasser, Flüsse, Wind und Gletscher, Prozesse im Erdinnern, Erdbeben und Rohstoffe. Kurze Einführung in die Geologie der Schweiz.

Übungen zum Gesteinsbestimmen und Lesen von geologischen, tektonischen und geotechnischen Karten, einfache Konstruktionen.
Lecture notesWeekly handouts of PPT slides via MyStudies
LiteratureThe course is based on Press & Siever book Dynamic Earth by Grotzinger et al., available to ETH students via Link
529-2001-02LChemistry IO4 credits2V + 2UJ. Cvengros, J. E. E. Buschmann, P. Funck, E. C. Meister, W. Uhlig, R. Verel
AbstractGeneral Chemistry I: Chemical bond and molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium.
ObjectiveIntroduction to general and inorganic chemistry. Basics of the composition and the change of the material world. Introduction to the thermodynamically controlled physico-chemical processes. Macroscopic phenomena and their explanation through atomic and molecular properties. Using the theories to solve qualitatively and quantitatively chemical and ecologically relevant problems.
Content1. Stoichiometry
Amount of substance and mass. Composition of chemical compounds. Reaction equation. Ideal gas law.
2. Atoms
Elementary particles and atoms. Electron configuration of the elements. Periodic system.
3. Chemical bonding and its representation. Spatial arrangement of atoms in molecules. Molecular orbitals.
4. Basics of chemical thermodynamics
System and surroundings. Description of state and change of state of chemical systems.
5. First law of thermodynamics
Internal energy. Heat and Work. Enthalpy and reaction enthalpy.
6. Second law of thermodynamics
Entropy. Change of entropy in chemical systems and universe. Reaction entropy.
7. Gibbs energy and chemical potential.
Combination of laws of thermodynamics. Gibbs energy and chemical reactions. Activities of gases, condensed substances and species in solution. Equilibrium constant.
8. Chemical equilibrium
Law of mass action. Reaction quotient and equilibrium constant. Phase transition equilibrium.
9. Acids and bases
Properties of acids and bases. Dissociation of acids and bases. pH and the calculation of pH-values in acid-base systems. Acid-base diagrams. Buffers. Polyprotic acids and bases.
10. Dissolution and precipitation.
Heterogeneous equilibrium. Dissolution and solubility product. Carbon dioxide-carbonic acid-carbonate equilibrium.
Lecture notesOnline-Skript mit durchgerechneten Beispielen.
LiteratureCharles E. Mortimer, CHEMIE - DAS BASISWISSEN DER CHEMIE. 12. Auflage, Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, 2015.

Weiterführende Literatur:
Theodore L. Brown, H. Eugene LeMay, Bruce E. Bursten, CHEMIE. 10. Auflage, Pearson Studium, 2011. (deutsch)

Catherine Housecroft, Edwin Constable, CHEMISTRY: AN INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIC, INORGANIC AND PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY, 3. Auflage, Prentice Hall, 2005.(englisch)
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