Instrumental Analytical Chemistry - CHEM 4122

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Instructor: Professor Akos Vertes
Office: Samson Hall 212
Telephone: (202) 994-2717
Course Objectives: Theory of instrumental methods in qualitative and quantitative analysis, determination of structure, with emphasis on atomic and molecular spectrophotometry, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, chromatography, and electroanalysis. This course provides an overview of the principles, methods and devices used in instrumental analysis. The fundamentals of contemporary techniques and their applications in solving biomedical, environmental, and forensic problems are emphasized. In order to see the inherent development of the analytical discipline we also work toward the deeper understanding of selected methods.
Required Text:

D. A. Skoog, F. J. Holler and S. R. Crouch, Principles of Instrumental Analysis
Sixth Edition, Brooks Cole, 2007, ISBN: 0495012017, ISBN-13: 978-0495012016 


Learning Outcomes:
As a result of completing this course, students will be able to:

1. Know the diversity of available instrumental analytical techniques and their working principles.
2. Select the most appropriate technique to solve an analytical problem.
3. Interpret the results of analytical measurements.
4. Meaningfully answer technical and societal questions based on the outcome of rigorous instrumental analysis.

Academic Integrity: This course is committed to upholding the standards described in the Code of Academic Integrity. A short introduction to the Code is enclosed.  The complete Code is available at the GWU Academic Integrity site

Method of Evaluation: The final score is calculated based on the sectional test scores (Test I: 20% and Test II: 20%), classroom activity (20%) and the final comprehensive test (40%). Note: In accord with university policy, the final exam will be given during the final exam period and not the last week of the semester.

Method of Instruction: This is a BlackBoard based course. Course outline, lecture notes and assignments are available at the Blackboard web-site.