Air Quality Computations (COMP) (Level 1)

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Course Description:
This five-day course provides an understanding of the skills needed to work with and understand air quality measurements.

Topics include:
  • Arithmetic computations in air quality

  • Metric system

  • Significant figures and rounding

  • Units conversion

  • Basic statistics

  • Problem solving

  • Volume, temperature, and pressure

  • Creating and interpreting graphs of air quality data

  • Calibration and slope

  • Bias and precision

  • Percent and percentile

  • Exponents

  • Working with Excel

Who Should Attend:
This course is designed for tribal environmental personnel who have limited experience in air quality data computations. This course is a pre-requisite for ITEP's "Air Pollution Technology (TECH)" course and is recommended for those working on the technical side of air programs including: quality assurance/quality control, data management, and technical-report writing. It is recommended that applicants complete ITEP's "Introduction to Tribal Air Quality" or have a basic familiarity with air quality topics before attending this course. Attendees will be required to complete pre-course work and evening homework assignments during the course.

Course Structure and Approach:
This course takes a "learn-by-doing" approach. Brief lectures will be interspersed with activities in which participants practice the skills introduced during the lectures. Each participant will have access to a calculator and/or computer as needed during the practice sessions. There will be homework each evening during the course.


Lydia Scheer, 928/523-6887,

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Last updated: March 29, 2010


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