Analytical Chemistry 2.1
David Harvey, DePauw University
Pub Date: 2016
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This book conveys many important aspects of analytical chemistry that are often glossed over in other texts (e.g., method development and validation, read more
This book conveys many important aspects of analytical chemistry that are often glossed over in other texts (e.g., method development and validation, QA/QC, detailed statistical analysis). The author chose not to include interpretation of IR and NMR because those topics are covered in detail in other courses (i.e., Organic Chemistry). Electrochemical methods are covered in greater detail than in other introductory analytical textbooks. Additional Resources are provided for all chapters, and 18 appendices provide required data and information.
The content is accurate, error-free, and unbiased. Several inconsequential typographical errors exist.
Most of the text covers time-honored content; explanations are clear and will not change with time. References to Excel and R software are vague enough to remain current; exact keystroke instructions would be quickly out of date.
The text is written clearly in understandable prose. Terms and abbreviations are defined. Examples are worked and explained in great detail, showing all mathematical steps, followed by practice exercises and detailed answers.
Several basic tools and techniques are provided in Chapter 2 and used throughout the textbook. The consistency aids understanding and facilitates problem solving. All chapters are written using the same format.
The text is divided into 15 chapters, each of which contains 8-10 major parts. Each part is further subdivided for ease of reading and finding material. The Table of Contents is detailed, very helpful, and links to the listed page. The pdf format with numbered pages helps access desired locations. The textbook contains more material than can be covered in one semester and is designed to be tailored by the instructor.
The topics are arranged in the textbook in a logical, clear fashion. The text modularity allows the instructor to change the order if desired.
Internet Explorer and Foxfire display the pdf text correctly; links work well; images are not distorted. That is not the case when Chrome was used: text ran off the page, text appeared overlapped, some links did not work, not all text appeared.
The text contains a few typographical errors but no grammatical errors.
The scientific text contains no cultural references and is not offensive in any way. There are no photographs or mention of people. Rating this topic is not applicable.
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Harvey’s Analytical Chemistry 2.1 is very thorough and extensive its scope of material covered. Also, the end of each chapter of the text has a list read more
Harvey’s Analytical Chemistry 2.1 is very thorough and extensive its scope of material covered. Also, the end of each chapter of the text has a list of key terms. There is not an index and/or glossary for the entire text, but it is a searchable PDF, which makes finding terms and topics easy.
The content is accurate, error-free, and unbiased.
The text is up to date an even includes methods for use with Excel and R. Harvey also includes his email address for readers to provide feedback and suggestions.
The text is very well written and assumes a sufficient background in general and organic chemistry. The margins of the text are filled with extra helpful information or reminders that go along with the body text.
The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.
The text has many divided sections that are each easily accessed through the hyperlinked table of contents. The exhaustive text is designed for instructors to easily pick and choose which specific topics they would like to cover.
The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion that is very similar to other analytical chemistry texts
All of the images, graphs, and tables display clearly. The text is a 1122 page pdf, which can sometimes be difficult to quickly and easily navigate. However, this problem is diminished by the hyperlinks in the table of contents and throughout the text.
The text contains no grammatical errors and is well written.
The author uses examples and references in the text from others with a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
Harvey’s text is very in depth, thorough, and approachable. It would work very well as an undergraduate textbook. Additionally, the text has very well outlined lab procedures and spreadsheet methods that make this text an excellent companion resource for an analytical chemist in an industry position.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
- Chapter 2: Basic Tools of Analytical Chemistry
- Chapter 3: The Vocabulary of Analytical Chemistry
- Chapter 4: Evaluating Analytical Data
- Chapter 5: Standardizing Analytical Methods
- Chapter 6: Equilibrium Chemistry
- Chapter 7: Obtaining and Preparing Samples for Analysis
- Chapter 8: Gravimetric Methods
- Chapter 9: Titrimetric Methods
- Chapter 10: Spectroscopic Methods
- Chapter 11: Electrochemical Methods
- Chapter 12: Chromatographic & Electrophoretic Methods
- Chapter 13: Kinetic Methods
- Chapter 14: Developing a Standard Method
- Chapter 15: Quality Assurance
- Additional Resources
About the Book
As currently taught in the United States, introductory courses in analytical chemistry emphasize quantitative (and sometimes qualitative) methods of analysis along with a heavy dose of equilibrium chemistry. Analytical chemistry, however, is much more than a collection of analytical methods and an understanding of equilibrium chemistry; it is an approach to solving chemical problems. Although equilibrium chemistry and analytical methods are important, their coverage should not come at the expense of other equally important topics.
The introductory course in analytical chemistry is the ideal place in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum for exploring topics such as experimental design, sampling, calibration strategies, standardization, optimization, statistics, and the validation of experimental results. Analytical methods come and go, but best practices for designing and validating analytical methods are universal. Because chemistry is an experimental science it is essential that all chemistry students understand the importance of making good measurements.
My goal in preparing this textbook is to find a more appropriate balance between theory and practice, between “classical” and “modern” analytical methods, between analyzing samples and collecting samples and preparing them for analysis, and between analytical methods and data analysis. There is more material here than anyone can cover in one semester; it is my hope that the diversity of topics will meet the needs of different instructors, while, perhaps, suggesting some new topics to cover.
About the Contributors
David Harvey, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at DePauw University, is the recipient of the 2016 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education. The national award recognizes a scientist who has enhanced the professional development of analytical chemistry students, developed and published innovative experiments, designed and improved equipment or teaching labs and published influential textbooks or significant articles on teaching analytical chemistry.