Practical Skills in Chemistry

Practical Skills in Chemistry

Paperback Practical Skills

By (author) John Dean, By (author) David Holmes, By (author) Alan M. Jones, By (author) Allan Jones, By (author) Rob Reed, By (author) Jonathan Weyers


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  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall
  • Format: Paperback | 592 pages
  • Dimensions: 220mm x 276mm x 34mm | 1,479g
  • Publication date: 5 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Harlow
  • ISBN 10: 0273731181
  • ISBN 13: 9780273731184
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 498,374

Product description

If you are studying chemistry, or a related course such as forensic chemistry or biochemistry, then this book will be an indispensable companion throughout your entire degree programme. This ‘one-stop’ text will guide you through the wide range of practical, analytical and data handling skills that you will need during your studies. It will also give you a solid grounding in the wider transferable skills such as teamwork and study skills.

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"Any undergraduate who could develop all of the skills in this book would make a fine chemist. [...] it is my view that a book of this type should be primarily for students -after all, skills development should be a personal mission for undergraduate students, and I would recommend any of mine to have a copy of this book on their bookshelf." - David Smith, Chemistry World

Table of contents

Title page and other publisher infoContentsList of boxesPreface Guided tourFor the StudentAcknowledgementsList of abbreviations Study and examination skillsThe importance of transferable skillsManaging your timeWorking with othersTaking notes from lectures and textsLearning and revising Curriculum options, assessments and exams Preparing your curriculum vitae Information technology and library resourcesFinding and citing published informationEvaluating informationUsing on-line resourcesInternet resources for chemistryUsing spreadsheetsWord processors, databases and other packages Communicating informationOrganizing a poster displayGiving a spoken presentationGeneral aspects of scientific writingWriting essaysReporting practical and project workWriting literature surveys and reviews Fundamental laboratory techniquesYour approach to practical workHealth and safetyWorking with liquidsBasic laboratory procedures IBasic laboratory procedures IIPrinciples of solution chemistrypH and buffer solutions The investigative approachMaking and recording measurementsSI units and their useScientific method and design of experimentsProject work Laboratory TechniquesMelting pointsRecrystallizationSolvent extractionDistillationRefluxEvaporationInert atmosphere techniquesCombinatorial chemistry Classical TechniquesQualitative techniques for inorganic analysisGravimetryProcedures in volumetric analysisAcid-Base titrationsComplexometric titrationsRedox titrationsPrecipitation titrations Analytical quantitative techniquesFundamental principles of quantitative chemical analysisCalibration and quantitative analysisBasic spectroscopyAtomic spectroscopyX-ray fluorescence spectroscopyChromatography – basic principlesGas and liquid chromatography*ElectrophoresisElectroanalytical techniquesRadioactive isotopes and their uses Analytical structural techniquesInfrared spectroscopyNuclear magnetic resonance spectrometryMass spectrometryThermal analysis Analysis and presentation of dataUsing graphsPresenting data in tablesHints for solving numerical problemsDescriptive statisticsChoosing and using statistical testsDrawing chemical structuresChemometricsComputational chemistry Answers to problemsIndex