Chemistry 424

CHEM 424

Catalog Entry

CHEM 424. Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Two hours lecture; six hours laboratory (4).

Prerequisites: CHEM 102
Corequisites: None

Semester offered: Spring

Theory, applications and operation of standard laboratory instruments. Required for chemistry and medical technology majors.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The major topics covered in this course are those considered to represent modern methods of chemical analysis and those that a student who is either entering the work place as a chemist or graduate school would be expected to have some familiarity with. The coverage of material is generally in the order of spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electrochemical techniques. The laboratory portion of the course emphasizes the analysis of experimental data and the writing of these results into a technical report.


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

The lecture periods are used to introduce the theory of the analytical method and the general design and construction of the instrument used. The laboratory portion is designed to familiarize students with the operation of a specific model of an instrument and to collect and interpret data from the analysis. Students work as members of a group in the laboratory with one member assigned as the Group Leader for each experiment. The Group Leader is responsible for ensuring that data recorded are reasonable and then must oversee the interpretation of the data and the writing of the laboratory report. Students learn to operate as a group and to delegate tasks within their group. Grading of reports is based upon the reliability of the experimental data, the interpretation of the data, and the quality of the written report. Example problems are assigned but are not collected for grading.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of this course, the student will

1. Have an introduction to the basic principles important to modern methods of chemical analysis
2. Have the opportunity for the hands-on operation of modern instruments that the student will likely use in either an industrial or academic setting
3. Sufficient background on modern methods of analysis so that the student can choose a suitable method when confronted with an analytical problem
4. have collected, interpreted, and presented the results of an analysis in a clear, concise written fashion.


Assessment Measures

Assessment of the student's success in this course is based upon the grades for three or four written examinations and laboratory reports, all of which are related to the goals and objectives of the course.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

September 2001 Reviewed by Walter S. Jaronski, Chair