Who should take this course?
-Juniors and seniors who are interested in advanced chemistry laboratory techniques and theories.
-Students who are interested in pursuing studies in Chemical Engineering or research in the physical sciences.
-Students who are interested in advanced topics in chemistry, but have either already completed AP Chemistry, or who do not have time in their schedules for AP Chemistry.
What will we be studying?
Selected analytical chemistry techniques and how to rigorously deal with scientific data. Topics will include gravimetry, equilibrium systems, and their corresponding titrations (acid-base, complex ions, oxidation-reduction), as well as various forms of spectroscopy.
What will be expected of me?
This course will require extensive laboratory work, rigorous mathematical treatment of data, and well-written laboratory reports. You will sharpen your scientific writing, research and math skills.
How is the course taught?
This a one-semester single period lab-based course. However, we will explore, during class discussions, the theory supporting each technique and how to treat the corresponding data collected in the laboratory. We will perform several experiments ourselves, as well as analyze data collected from outside research laboratories.
What are the completion requirements?
Class exams, quizzes, unfailing attendance, maintaining a research notebook, and several written laboratory reports.
Details and pre/co-requisites:
Juniors and seniors who have earned either a 90+ average in Chemistry 1.
This class will provide an introductory coverage of the field of analytical chemistry. Yet even an introduction will require us to deal in some depth with a broad range of topics. This is because analytical chemistry, like most scientific disciplines, has become so intertwined with other sciences that it is difficult to define the field. Virtually all of modern chemistry has been developed through the application of new analytical technology. Fundamentally, the field boils down to this, “How do we make accurate chemical measurements (quantitative and qualitative)?” We will survey analytical techniques employing acid/base, complexation, precipitation, and redox equilibria (i.e. wet methods). We will also survey various instrumental methods of analysis including electrochemistry, chromatography and spectroscopy. Instructor: Dr. Kivi.