CHEM 364
Instrumental Methods of Analysis Spring 2023
Division III
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Instrumental methods of analysis provide scientists with different lenses to observe and elucidate fundamental chemical phenomena and to measure parameters and properties at the atomic, molecular, and bulk scales. This course introduces a framework for learning about a variety of instrumental techniques that typically include chromatography, mass spectrometry, thermal methods, atomic and molecular absorption and emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and optical and electron microscopies. Students complete two 5-6 week long laboratory projects and gain hands-on experience and project planning skills to study molecules and materials of interest. This practical experience is complemented by lectures that cover the theory and broader applications of these techniques. Students also explore the primary literature and highlight recent advances in instrumental methods that address today’s analytical questions. The skills learned are useful in a wide variety of scientific areas and will prepare you well for research endeavors.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture, two times per week and laboratory, four hours per week; periodic small group meetings to plan laboratory research projects
Limit: 8/lab
Expected: 16
Class#: 4009
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Weekly data analysis and project planning assignments for laboratory and analysis of readings for class, problem sets, two project reports and presentations, one oral presentation of an application of instrumental methods, a final independent literature project and presentation; demonstrated progress in research skills, and project engagement.
Prerequisites: CHEM 155 or 256 and 251/255; may be taken concurrently with CHEM 256 with permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Chemistry and Environmental Studies majors
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives
ENVI Natural World Electives
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