Hands-On Class Activities As A Way Of Enhancing Breadth Of Instrumental Methods

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Book Chapter

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Active Learning In The Analytical Chemistry Curriculum

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ACS Symposium Series


Semester-long project-based laboratory experiences develop important skills in students but often mean that students only use one or two instruments in an analytical chemistry course. To provide students hands-on experiences with a broader range of instruments, we have developed short laboratory activities that are completed during class time. Two approaches to the use of hands-on instrumental activities during class are described. These experiences include the use of spectrophotometers, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, atomic absorbance spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, voltammetric methods, and separation methods including gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, and capillary electrophoresis. A virtue of this approach is that each activity can be performed when it best fits into the topics being covered in the course.

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American Chemical Society


T. J. Wenzel, M. L. Kovarik, and J. K. Robinson

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