Course detail


FCH-BCO_HCHAcad. year: 2018/2019

Physical properties of water and aqueous solutions, solubility of liquids, solids and gases, chemical equilibrium, physical chemistry of surfaces, adsorption, properties and composition of water: temperature, neutralization and suppressing capacity; Conductivity, organoleptic properties, colloidal substances, inorganic flakes, organic substances. Types of water: natural, mineral, marine, potable, industrial, industrial, wastewater, drinking water, sludge and sediments.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will gain new knowledge, understanding and knowledge in the following areas:

1. Students will be capable of application concepts in the field of hydrochemistry;
2. Students will gain knowledge of chemistry of low concentrated aqueous solutions;
3. Students gain knowledge which is essential for the understanding of all the basic processes that take place in natural waters (oxidation, reduction, sorption, pH changes as a result of changes in carbonate balance, etc.);
4. Students gain knowledge which is necessary prerequisite for the application in scientific and in technical practice;
5. Students will understand the problems of mutual interactions of different components of the aquatic environment.


Knowledge from courses Physical chemistry, Analytical chemistry


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Pitter P. Hydrochemie. Vyd. VŠCHT Praha, 2009. (CS)
Žáček L.: Hydrochemie, FCH VUT v Brně, 1998. (CS)
Malý J., Malá J.: Chemie a technologie vody. Noel Brno 2000. (CS)
Tölgyessi a kol.: Chémia, biológia a toxikológia vody a ovzdušia. Veda - vyd. SAV, Bratislava 1984. (CS)
Sýkora V.,Kujalová H., Pitter P.: Hydrochemie: pro studenty bakalářského studia, VŠCHT Praha, 1.vydání, 2016. (CS)
Horáková M. akol.: Analytika vody, VŠCHT Praha, 2007 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Oral examination in the range of lectures and recommended literature.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Physical and chemical properties of pure water
2. Chemical equilibrium - dissociation reactions, hydrolytic, rhodium, precipitating, complexing reactions
3. Adsorption and exchange of ions
4. Characteristics and composition of water - neutralization and suppressing capacity; conductivity
5. Properties and composition of water - organoleptic properties
6. Properties and composition of water - colloidal substances
7. Properties and composition of water - inorganic substances
8. Properties and composition of water - organic matter
9. Natural waters - atmospheric, underground, mineral and surface
10. Drinking water - basic concepts, quality requirements
11. Drinking water - Processes used in water treatment
12. Commercial and service water
13. Waste water - industrial, sewage


The aim of this course is:
- to familiarize students with physical and chemical properties and composition of natural, drinking and waste waters
- to familiarize students with the processes of chemical kinetics and chemical equilibria in natural waters
- to give students a foundation of knowledge needed to apply in practice
- to establish the theoretical basis for successful passing of courses focused on the issues of chemistry and technology of water in the master study.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at lectures is recommended, but not monitored. An integral part of teaching and combined form of teaching is a e-learning tutorial course, divided into blocks, within which are available to students learning support including electronic textbooks, presentations, lectures, and other complementary materials.For students in combined form of study are organized consultations to subjec matter. Consultations are also provided to full-time students on request.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BKCO_CHTOZP , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_CHTOZP , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer