This online course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, and related subjects at university, exploring a range of academic theory and practical methods.
Analytical chemistry is the branch of chemistry that explores what the chemical and biochemical world around us is made of, splitting substances apart to examine their constituent components. This makes it a very practical branch of chemistry with many important uses in fields as diverse as medicine, industry, astronomy, and police investigations. It is also what makes it such an exciting and enjoyable subject to study!
Analytical chemists use a range of methodologies to separate, identify and determine the relative quantity of components with the aim of establishing the make-up of a chemical substance. Having gone through an overview of the background of the subject in tutorial 1, the subsequent tutorials will focus on these methodologies, exploring their theoretical basis as well as how they are carried out in the real world, and what machinery is typically used in the laboratory. We will cover a range of methodologies such as chromatography, microscopy, spectroscopy, and electrochemical analysis, all of which are fundamental to the modern analytical chemist.
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Tutorial 1 will begin with a definition of analytical chemistry before moving on to take a look at its historical development, from its very first uses up to the present day. It will then move on to explore quantitative and qualitative methodologies and the important differences between the two.
This tutorial will focus on three fundamental techniques of analytical chemistry: spectroscopy, thermochemical, and electrochemical analysis. It will discuss the physical components of the instrumentation, how they work, and the scientific principles that underpin their workings.
This tutorial will explore the techniques used to separate substances into their component parts, such as chromatography. As in the previous tutorial, the physical components of the instrumentation will be discussed in addition to the theoretical science behind them.
Our last tutorial will finish with a look at our final method, microscopy, before concluding with a brief discussion of the modern ‘hybrid’ techniques that have been developed to make analysis as accurate and precise as possible in the 21st century.
|Course Pre-requisites||Advanced level of EnglishAn interest and enthusiasm for science, with particular reference to Chemistry.This course would suit students studying towards A-level Biology/Chemistry or equivalent, and in particular those interested in further university study of Chemistry or Forensic Science.|
|Course Level||For students applying to university to study Chemistry, Medicine or related subjects|
|Prior Knowledge||No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject|
|Workload||4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)|