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A Brief Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

A Brief Introduction to Analytical Chemistry by Louis Ramaley is a text that originated from the notes for a one-semester introductory course in chemical analysis. The topics covered include statistics, stoichiometry, ionic equilibria, introduction to instrumental analysis, spectroscopy, redox and electrochemistry, and chromatography. The material is presented at a level that assumes that the reader only has taken an introductory college chemistry course and is suitable for both chemistry majors and non-majors, e.g. biologists or geologists. The approach is roughly half classical, including material on equilibria and titrations, and half instrumental, including material on instrumental methods commonly found in most laboratories. An abbreviated table of contents is presented below.

Chapter 1. Introductory Material
1.1 Statistical treatment of data
1.2 Propagation of errors in calculations
1.3 Linear least squares curve fitting
1.4 Quantitative calculations involving concentration
1.5 Quantitative calculations involving titrations
Chapter 2. Ionic Equilibria
2.1 Behaviour of ionic solutions
2.2 Acid-base reactions
2.3 General method for the solution of equilibrium problems
2.4 Equilibria involving acids and bases
2.5 Acid-base mixtures
2.6 Theory of titrations
2.7 Indicators in acid-base titrations
2.8 Buffer solutions
2.9 Polyfunctional acids and bases
Chapter 3. Introduction to Instrumental Methods
3.1 Instrumental response
3.2 Relating response to concentration
3.3 Detection limits
Chapter 4. Spectroscopy
4.1 The interaction of light and matter
4.2 Absorption spectroscopy in solution
4.3 Molecular emission spectroscopy
4.4 Atomic spectroscopy
Chaprter 5. Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Calculation of cell voltages
5.3 Half cell method of voltage calculation
5.4 Redox titrations
5.5 Potentiometry
Chapter 6. Chromatography
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Theory of chromatography
6.3 Types of chromatography
6.4 Uses of chromatography
Appendix A. Supplemental Material
Quadratic formula, use of calculators, balancing redox reactions, electrochemical calculations
Appendix B. Tables
Atomic masses, statistical parameters, ion size parameters, dissociation constants, standard potentials

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