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CHEM 450. Instrumental Analysis

Credits: 4
Department: Chemistry
Description: Major instrumental methods of chemical analysis including spectroscopic, electrometric, and chromatographic methods.
Prerequisites: CHEM 350 (C- or better), CHEM 420 - CHEM 520 (C- or better) or CHEM 482 - CHEM 582 (C- or better)
Semester Offered: Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF
Lab: Lab

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the process of signal transduction from chemical identity and concentration to electronic signals such as voltage and current, and know how to accurately measure and interpret these signals.
2. Explain fundamental physical and chemical principles of analytical chemistry instrumentation including chromatography, mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy (including fourier transform techniques), and possibly including lasers, nuclear magnetic resonance and electroanalytical techniques.
3. Compare and contrast different instrumental approaches to analytical problem solving using figures of merit such as signal-to-noise, sensitivity and limit of detection.
4. Apply appropriate calibration methods such as external calibration, internal standard calibration and standard addition calibration where appropriate.
5. Write professional lab reports that exhibit proper writing mechanics, clear organization, transfer digital data into Excel for generation of appropriate tables and graphs, and complete and appropriate interpretation of results with respect to instrumental theory.

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