Analytical Chemistry 2.1
David Harvey, DePauw University
Copyright Year: 2016
Publisher: David T. Harvey
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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
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 topics with great emphasis on sampling and statistical analysis of data. It also includes coverage of spectroscopic and chromatographic topics which makes the book useful for instrumental analysis courses as well.
The book is very accurate.
The content is definitely relevant and reflects current practices in the discipline. I particularly like the use of examples of analysis type of problems derived from the scholarly literature.
The book is very clear and all terminology is adequately explained. However, I typically have to narrow down for students the coverage of a given topic as the author's discussion often goes beyond the scope of what I can cover in 10 weeks of instruction.
The book consistency is excellent.
The book is organized in chapters that can be individually downloaded as pdf files. Thus an instructor has great flexibility in choosing which parts of the book to utilize. Each chapter is further organized with headings and subheadings, making the reading very straightforward.
The author does an excellent job in organizing any topics in a logical fashion. My only word of caution is that there is a lot of information that the instructor needs to sort out ahead of time to guide students to most important outcomes.
The interface is flawless.
The book is very well written and free from grammatical errors.
The text is by no means insensitive or offensive. It is hard to be inclusive when discussing topics in analytical chemistry. There are no references to a variety of races, ethnicity or backgrounds.
This is an excellent textbook that provides a comprehensive coverage of any topic one would want to address in an analytical chemistry course. After using this textbook for several years, I am very thankful that my students can access such high quality publication at no cost!
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
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 sections taught as covering all of this material in one semester as stated is not possible. Having said that, I chose the section on acid base equilibrium to review. I appreciate the author for covering strong acid and weak acid titrations graphically and showing how pH values are calculated. However, calculating pH for titrations involving polyprotic acids is not discussed. The titration curve is shown and only the important species before and after equivalence points are discussed. Also, pH for salts of diprotic acids is not discussed. While I feel that many areas are well explained in great detail with excellent real figures, I feel this topic is not as comprehensive as it could be. Finding the pH of H2A and NaHA systems needs to be included. It is also important to note that many key spectroscopy techniques are included. This is ideal as one text may be used for both Quantitative and Instrumental Analysis covering topics on the ACS Analytical exam in one semester. However, I do not see any sections devoted to discussing noise in instrumentation. As a specific example, I reviewed the atomic absorption section. This does discuss flame atomic absorption. However, there is no discussion on why the hollow cathode lamp is modulated to a higher frequency or a discussion on the importance of a lock in amplifier. To be comprehensive, I feel this material should be included. Many instrumental methods are employed with microscope applications using fiber optics. I feel discussion on the use of fiber optics in instrumentation will permit modernizing the traditional instrumental topics covered.
I do not see any issues with accuracy in the sections that I reviewed.
The goal of this as a reference text seemed to present several topics and allow the instructor to select topics to cover. This text does that for introductory courses in Quantitative and Instrumental courses.
This text is very easy to read and understand. All individuals should appreciate that. The examples, practice exercises and problems are easy to recognize, follow understand meaning this is a clear text to learn from.
The text is consistent in format. It would be nice in the table of contents to see major headings consistently aligned.
As with Organization, I really think that for example, Chapter 6, should be divided into separate chapters. A lot of information and different titration methods are discussed in the same section making re-organization and realignment difficult.
As I reviewed the chapter on titrations (6), I found the information clear and presents a lot of material in the same breath so to speak. This chapter is about 110 pages. Some topics, such as complexometric and redox titrations, need their own chapter. This will permit breaking up the material into sections that the instructor can either gloss over or not cover. While this can be done with the text in its current form, it makes the text more difficult to read from a student’s perspective following which sections may or may not be covered.
There are no interface issues with the version I looked at both on a computer and mobile device.
The grammar is well done with the exception of some verb tense issues as pointed out by other reviewers. This text is well written.
This text stays focused on scientific topics and is appropriate for any culture.
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
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 for key terms, but this is easily done using the search feature in a PDF viewer.
The content is accurate and makes for an excellent reference book for students. Many primary articles containing actual data are used as examples and end-of-chapter problems.
I really like that the author includes how to do statistics and data analysis in Word and R. Because screen images of the software are not included, this information will not be obsolete and will be easy to update with new editions of Word.
The language of the text is very easy to read, even for non-scientists. When esoteric vocabulary is necessary, it is defined or linked to a location in the text where there is more information. There are ample graphs to explain statistics performed on sets of data. The figures of instruments and their components are not taken by a professional photographer, but they still clearly show each component and are labeled well.
Both the formatting and flow of adding new information is consistent. When new vocabulary is first presented, it is defined. When these terms are mentioned again, the text links the reader back to the original definition in case more information is needed. In the later chapters when new instruments are discussed, each is evaluated based on its precision, sensitivity, and selectivity as well as cost.
The text is easily divisible and does not contain large portions of text. Subheadings frequently introduce new themes and continue the flow of the chapter.
The content is laid out coherently. Content for a quantitative analysis course is covered in the first chapters, and content for instrumental analysis is toward the end.
Navigating a PDF is never as convenient as flipping the pages of a hard-copy book. With that said, this textbook could be easier to navigate if the table of contents included links to subsections.
There are very few grammatical errors and formatting of chemical equations and chemical formulas were all very consistent and of textbook quality.
This textbook appears to be inclusive to people of all cultural backgrounds.
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
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 an instrumental or advanced analytical course appropriately. For example, instrumental methods such as mass spectrometry are omitted from the text. I found this to be a good thing (even as a mass spectrometrist). The authors basically rewrote commonly used analytical texts, supplemented them with extra examples and descriptions of concepts, and made it more applicable to the introductory analytical chemist. A good example is the text's description of an interferometer, which can be a confusing topic for students. Other texts I have used have horrendous explanations of how an interferometer works, which only confuse students. This text supplies a succinct overview with all necessary information about constructive versus destructive interference and how we take advantage of that in FTIR. With that being said, a few things are overlooked. For example, the titrations chapter is inferior to other texts. The text seems to skip over weak base-strong acid titrations, and doesn't do a great job with examples for weak-with-strong titrations in general. Most other chapters seem sufficient in their comprehensiveness at an appropriate level for the intended audience.
No accuracy issues were found while reading the text.
Analytical methods are always advancing, especially when it comes to chemical instrumentation. Since the bulk of instrumentation is avoided in this text, and its focus is on foundational analytical chemistry concepts, its relevancy should hold true.
All terminology is defined appropriately, with a chapter dedicated to some analytical terms the student may be unfamiliar with. This is important, as the student is generally unfamiliar with these terms, even though many are introduced previously in courses such as general chemistry. The text doesn't assume the reader has previous knowledge of technical terminology and describes such things effectively.
The text provides chapters on a general chemistry review of topics, analytical vocabulary, and statistical methods that provide a foundation consistently used throughout the text. No issues here.
This is probably the best part of the text, and what makes it ideal for an undergraduate analytical chemistry course. The text is broken down logically with each topic comprehensive yet succinct. The chapters build within themselves effectively, and are organized into "bite-sized" pieces that are, once again, perfect for undergraduate consumption. If I could change one thing I would put the kinetic review in the actual chapter as opposed to an appendix. While yes this SHOULD be a review from general chemistry in my experience students will not access information that isn't directly put into the chapter. While I could certainly try and force them to go to back of the book, it just seems unnecessary to add a short appendix when the information could be put into the chapter and only add a couple of pages.
Overall the organization in the text makes a lot of sense, and I prefer it to other analytical chemistry texts. This is especially true within each chapter where the flow of topics build upon one another exceptionally. I like the foundation built with the first few chapters (typical in analytical chemistry texts) that then shifts to the general chemistry review/expansion and on to actual analytical chemistry methods of analysis. I will say that I don't understand why collecting/preparing samples isn't introduced earlier. It's possible the author wanted it to be right before the text transitions to methods of analysis, but I'd introduce it earlier in my class. You could make a similar argument for developing a standard method, that it should be introduced earlier in the text maybe before chapters 8-13, however the way it is written relies on knowledge from the previous chapters for student clarity and understanding. I really like the idea of the chapter, as well as the content, but wish it was written to be chapter 8 instead of 14. This will make it difficult to get to in the curriculum and may delegate it to a second semester course such as Instrumental.
Figures, images, and text were all crisp and clear. No issues navigating throughout the text. There are some minor editing issues (see chapter 4 in the table of contents) but they don't seem to be related to any display problems.
A score of "3" is probably a bit harsh, as the text overall is well-written, but there were a number of noticeable grammatical errors in the text. These ranged from misspelled words to subject-verb disagreements or the use of singular versus plural nouns. Most are minor and don't take away from the text, such as "...you might considering using Calc..." doesn't necessarily change the meaning of the sentence, but may impact a student's perception of the text's validity. This is especially true if it's a common theme throughout the text.
Not applicable to this type of text, but references a number of different authors from varying backgrounds.
I intend to use this textbook in my fall 2019 analytical chemistry course. I hope to submit a second review after that semester to give a more thorough account of its effectiveness, as a read-through without direct application in a course can only supply so much information in my opinion. One final thing I wish the authors would change is the front cover! My students thought the word art on the front was, in their words, hilarious. Just a thought!
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
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 instrumental techniques, such as infrared (IR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry (MS). Because these qualitative applications are covered adequately elsewhere in the undergraduate curriculum, they receive no further consideration in this text." Thus, if students take analytical chemistry after an organic chemistry class where these topics are adequately covered, then this text would be complete and adequate. If not (or perhaps if your analytical class had a large number of transfers from a 2-year college where they did not have some of these, and you wished to have these as part of your references) you will need to select another book or supplement. In my case, MS was very important so my rating is lower - in truth, probably 3.5. If this was not necessary for you, then probably a 4 or even a 5 would be appropriate.
No meaningful errors found. Yes, it is accurate and unbiased.
Yes. It is relevant. It does a good job with the fundamental theory behind most of the analytical techniques and instrumentation, and these are timeless. It does cover the details of applications to the specific historical development of instruments and how newer instruments and techniques addressed issues with older approaches. As some areas will develop faster than others, it might be necessary to supplement with articles if a particular cutting edge approach in HP-LC was desired, for instance.
Yes, very easy to read. Students should be able to read it and learn from it. Yes, vocabulary words are defined, and there is no unexplained jargon.
Yes, there is a high degree of internal consistency. No problems noted, such as when one chapter seems to take after one approach and different chapter, another, due to differences in the way each sub-field handles a certain concept.
Maybe too much foreshadowing? For example, chapter 12A gives an overview of separations, and 12A4 gives an intro to electrophoresis. But electrophoresis is not actually handled until 60+ pages later. In my opinion, the intro in 12A4 was too long to be an intro given all of GC and LC was in between. But once you get used to it, it is not a problem.
Yes the topics are organized in an appropriate manner so that one topic builds off of the next. For example chromatography (chapter 12) follows and builds off of liquid-liquid extractions (chapter 7). Some chapters could be moved around as desired, but his order makes sense.
I viewed this as a PDF on a desktop and laptop PC. Everything displayed fine, even if I resized the window. I didn't (as I assume my students will) try to read this on my cellphone or smartwatch, and can make no guarantees about that.
Everything looked good to me. No noticeable errors, and certainly none that impacted understanding.
The text is culturally neutral. The text covers chemistry and chemical techniques. Most of the end of chapter questions deal strictly with analysis of data. Some of these are written in such a way to make it a-cultural (not "Jose wishes to monitor" but "You have been asked to monitor". Many of these questions directly reference literature. I suppose someone could argue that the literature is dominated by dead White European Males and so does not make adequate use of inclusive examples, and in that light I will give it a 4, but I prefer his approach and think it is far more appropriate.
I think the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. If I was asked to rate the book overall, I'd go a solid 4.3-4.5. The science is good, the writing is good, the graphics are good, the sample questions are good, and probably for most analytical chemistry classes, the content is appropriate because they cover the missing content (IR, MS, etc.) in a prior class. I do wish that some materials (PowerPoints, test bank, etc.) were available, but it is a solid textbook.
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
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 extensive and useful list of Additional Resources were provided at the end of the book, arranged by chapter and topic. The text is relatively easy to navigate using either the Brief Table of Contents and the Detailed Table of Contents both of which is readily accessible from every other page using hyperlinks. While, no glossary or Index is provided, one could find easily specific terms using the Find function in Acrobat or other PDF reader.
I did not find any factual mistakes in the sections that i studied, however a few typos were present and scattered throughout the text.
For the classic part of the textbook there were few problems and modern recommendations by IUPAC and other governing bodies were implemented throughout. However, some of the technique descriptions could be updated. For example, no mention was made of UPLC, which is fast replacing HPLC as the method of choice for liquid chromatography. Such additions can easily be made though, or information can be supplemented by the instructor.
I found this book to be much more approachable and it made for a far more engaging read than our current textbook (Skoog). I liked the historical perspective and the practical introduction to each section, illustrated by using real life examples or problems.
No problems with consistency presented themselves to me.
While this textbook combines wider ranges of topics together in single chapters than I'm used to from comparable texts, it does make use of extensive subsections in each chapter. This actually serves to present the connections between techniques or applications that might otherwise become fragmented if they are locked away in separate chapters e.g. dealing in the same chapter with monoprotic, diprotic and complex formation equilibria.
The book is laid out in a fairly typical sequence, and follows my current lecture schedule very well. In fact, I would have to jump between chapters less than with our current textbook for this class.
On a computer screen the pdf works very well with Acrobat, and with a slightly bigger desktop-screen, single page view worked great. On a 13" laptop this was still possible although text then became a little strenuous to read. Navigation was easy using the Acrobat functionalities that were seamlessly integrated. I was easy to jump forward to a figure or other relevant section and then right back to where i had left off. The hyperlinks to the Table of Contents was also very useful to jump between sections with ease.
There were minor typos throughout, but not overly frequently. This, for the most part, did not detract from the book.
The book called on examples from a variety of possible application fields such as environmental, medicinal, industrial etc etc which will stimulate all students irrespective of their particular motivation to study chemistry.
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
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.
I look forward to using this textbook next semester.
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
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.