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    Analytical Chemistry 2.1

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    David Harvey, DePauw University

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    Publisher: David T. Harvey

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Julie Vanegas, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 11/8/22

    Throughout the book, every topic has a full explanation, which is imperative in order to provide guidance to both the student and the teacher at the same time. Furthermore, the exercises/examples are organized in such a manner that it is easy for... read more

    Reviewed by Graham Rankin, Adjunct professor, Western Oregon University on 3/8/22

    Although it is intended as a text for an analytical chemistry (wet chem!) course, it does briefly present some instrumental techniques. At over 1000 pages, I would have hoped it would cover those instrumental techniques in greater depth so that... read more

    Reviewed by Patricia Flatt, Professor, Western Oregon University on 2/15/22

    This textbook provides a great introduction to analytical chemistry for undergraduate chemistry majors. It focuses on topics such as experimental design, sampling, calibration strategies, standardization, optimization, statistics, and the... read more

    Reviewed by Jason Parsons, Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 11/19/20

    The book provides a great alternative to comparable to the print textbooks I have used in the past for teaching Analytic chemistry. I have just started using Harvey this year and I highly recommend the book for the analytical chemistry. The text... read more

    Reviewed by Anna Cavinato, Professor, Eastern Oregon University on 1/5/20

    The textbook provides an excellent online alternative to other analytical chemistry books. I have used this book and its previous edition for the last five years and I strongly recommend it. The book offers a comprehensive coverage of analytical... read more

    Reviewed by Dane Scott, Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University on 10/30/19

    This textbook is excellent as it is extensive for an introductory or basic course in analytical chemistry. This text with more detail could also be a comprehensive reference text. The topics covered are designed to allow instructors to customize... read more

    Reviewed by Alycia Palmer, Analytical Laboratory Instructor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 7/19/19

    This textbook is comprehensive for undergraduate courses in quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis. The chapter arrangement is logical and the linking feature in the PDF makes navigation to each page easy. There is no glossary to search... read more

    Reviewed by Patrick McVey, Assistant Professor, Marian University on 3/15/19

    Analytical chemistry 2.1 is exactly what it should be: a textbook for a first semester analytical chemistry course. It doesn't add extraneous details or information that would confuse the first-semester analytical student and punts these topics to... read more

    Reviewed by Richard Lahti, Associate Professor and Chair, Minnesota State University Moorhead on 1/1/19

    Analytical Chemistry 2.1 covers a number of important analytical chemistry topics. It does not, however, cover mass spectroscopy, IR nor NMR, nor does it claim to. In fact, it says on page 8: "Modern methods for qualitative analysis rely on... read more

    Reviewed by Andre Venter, Associate Professor , Western Michigan University on 12/10/18

    The text includes all the relevant topics that are typically included in Introductory Analytical course work. Topics are discussed in enough detail to fill out the course without needing to add in too many additional sources. As a plus, an... read more

    Reviewed by Susan Marine, Professor (full), Miami University on 8/2/18

    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... read more

    Reviewed by Luke Miller, Instructor, Portland Community College on 6/19/18

    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... read more

    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
    • Appendices

    Ancillary Material

    • David T. Harvey
    • 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.

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