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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 306
Course Title: Analytical Chemistry I
Number of:
Credit Hours 5
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

An overview of analytical chemical techniques with a focus on how data is collected, analyzed and interpreted. The development of analytical methods as well as analytical sampling are discussed as are tools used for the isolation and quantification of chemical samples. Laboratory work is included as part of this course. Students majoring in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. $40 lab fee. Prerequisites: CHEM 112 and CHEM 112L with a grade of C or higher; MATH 150 or MATH 180.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CHEM 112 and CHEM 112L with a grade of C or higher; MATH 150 or MATH 180.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Principles of Instrumental Analysis
By Skoog, D. et. al (Thomas Brooks/Cole)
Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry
By Miller, J.N. and Miller, J.C. (Prentice Hall)
Practical Statistics for the Analytical Scientist
By Ellison, S. et. al. (RSC Publishing)
Course Objectives
  • To apply the chemical principles and methods by which the amount of a given substance in a sample can be determined.
  • To demonstrate mathematical methods for analyzing analytical data.
  • To familiarize students with analytical sampling methods.
  • To perform analytical method development.
  • To familiarize students with the components of modern instruments.
  • To employ chemical separation methods to identify components of complex mixtures.
Measurable Learning
  • Apply statistical methods to experimental data, such as significant figures, propagation of error, confidence intervals, student's test mean and standard deviation.
  • Determine best-fit line through a set of data points.
  • Construct and characterize a simple spectrophotometric instrument.
  • Construct electronic circuits used in instrumental systems.
  • Determine sources of noise in instrumental systems.
  • Explain differences between absorption, emission, and fluorescence spectroscopy techniques.
  • Identify elements based on their emission spectra.
  • Separate components of a sample using chromatography.
  • Utilize standards in quantitative analysis.
Topical Outline:
  • Analytical process
  • Measurements
  • Error and statistics
  • Sampling
  • Method development
  • Instrument design
  • Calibration methods
  • Chromatography
  • Spectrophotometry

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 16

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Date: December 15, 2010
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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