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Instrumental Analysis Principles [Paperback]

Douglas A. Skoog , Stanley R. Crouch , F.James Holler
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30 Nov 2006 0495125709 978-0495125709 International ed of 6th revised ed
Written for a course that deals with the principles and applications of modern analytical instruments, this edition reflects updated techniques and a more applied approach with the addition of case studies. Emphasis is placed upon the theoretical basis of each type of instrument, its optimal area of application, its sensitivity, its precision, and its limitations. The text also introduces students to elementary integrated circuitry, microprocessors and computers, and treatment of analytical data. A text-specific CD-ROM accompanies all new copies of the text, providing students with excel files of data analysis and simulations of analytical techniques to help them visualize important concepts in this course.

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  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks/Cole; International ed of 6th revised ed edition (30 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495125709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495125709
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 20.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1. Introduction. Section I. MEASUREMENT BASICS. 2. Electrical Components and Circuits. 3. Operational Amplifiers in Chemical Instrumentation. 4. Digital Electronics and Microcomputers. 5. Signals and Noise. Instrumental Methods in Action: Assessing the Authenticity of the Vinland Map. Section II. ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY. 6. An Introduction to Spectrometric Methods. 7. Components of Optical Instruments. 8. An Introduction to Optical Atomic Spectrometry. 9. Atomic Absorption and Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry. 10. Atomic Emission Spectrometry. 11. Atomic Mass Spectrometry. 12. Atomic X-Ray Spectrometry. Instrumental Methods in Action: Title. Section III. MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY. 13. An Introduction to Ultraviolet/Visible Molecular Absorption Spectrometry. 14. Applications of Ultraviolet/Visible Molecular Absorption Spectrometry. 15. Molecular Luminescence Spectrometry. 16. An Introduction to Infrared Spectrometry. 17. Applications of Infrared Spectrometry. 18. Raman Spectroscopy. 19. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. 20. Molecular Mass Spectrometry. 21. Surface Characterization by Spectroscopy and Microscopy. Instrumental Methods in Action: Title. Section IV. ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. 22. Introduction to Electroanalytical Chemistry. 23. Potentiometry. 24. Coulometry. 25. Voltammetry. Instrumental Methods in Action: Title. Section V. SEPARATION METHODS. 26. An Introduction to Chromatographic Separations. 27. Gas Chromatography. 28. High-Performance Liquid Chromatography. 29. Supercritical Fluid Chromatography and Extraction. 30. Capillary Electrophoresis and Capillary Electrochromatography. Instrumental Methods in Action: Title. Section VI. MISCELLANEOUS METHODS. 31. Thermal Methods. 32. Radiochemical Methods. 33. Automated Methods of Analysis. 34. Particle Size Analysis. Instrumental Methods in Action: Title. Appendices. Appendix 1. Evaluation of Analytical Data. Appendix 2. Some Standard and Formal Electrode Potentials. Appendix 3. Compounds for Preparing Standard Solutions of Some Common Elements. Appendix 4. Common Acronyms Encountered in Chemical Instrumentation. Answers to Selected Problems. Index.

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By BlueSky
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Looks at the theoretical basis of a wide range of instruments. Would recommend to anyone studying chemistry at degree level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars alternatives to this book 8 Mar 2007
By A.Reader1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm not sure why there are so many negative reviews of this book. I found it to be very solid when I used the 3rd edition.

For those of you who don't like it you have 4 options:

1. "Instrumental Methods of Analysis" by Willard, Merritt, Dean, Settle; (ISBN 0534081428) which is excellent and a true classic. It's OOP now but a new edition comes out in 2016.

2. "Chemical Analysis: Modern Instrumentation Methods and Techniques" by Francis Rouessac & Annick Rouessac

3. "Undergraduate Instrumental Analysis" Sixth Edition by James W. Robinson, Eileen M. Skelly Frame, George M. Frame II

4. "Chemical Instrumentation: A Systematic Approach" by Strobel and Heineman. This book is very hardware oriented and is not a true general instrumental analysis text.

I'd also recommend that you buy "Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry" by James N. Miller & Jane C. Miller. It does a much better job than the cursory chapters found in regular analytical texts. Get the 4th or 5th edition. For a paperback, this book is ridiculously expensive if you buy new. Try to find a used copy.

While the book by Miller & Miller is good, it's no substitute for a 1 or 2 semester course in stats. A good book for this material might be Statistics for Research, Third Edition by Shirley Dowdy, Stanley Wearden, Daniel Chilko (ISBN 047126735X)

Check out my other reviews for other undergrad. chem books.

I notice one of the co-authors (Crouch) has added his comments. He says "This book remains the leader in the field." - not difficult when there are so few competitors!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so good 17 Sep 2007
By C. Myslinski - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to use this textbook for one of my classes, and I must say, it is horrible. The examples for problems in the book hardly give any explanation of what they are doing. The questions at the end of the chapter are very difficult and looking back at the chapter just makes the question even more confusing. I like to use textbooks when I do not understand what is going on in my class, but this one does not help at all! I think the only way you can understand this book is if you are already well educated in the course. Everytime I am assigned problems in the book, I cringe, because I know I am going to be spending hours being more confused than I have ever been in my life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, informative textbook. 7 Dec 2008
By N. Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I used this textbook for an instrumental analysis class. It is very informative and contains helpful schematics and figures to enhance the text material. That being said, it often is a very dense read. I had issues being able to comprehend more than a couple pages in one sitting.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A bad textbook 10 April 2009
By KJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There are too many errors in problems and solutions that it does more harm to people like me who learn by examples. I also hate how it has incorrectly spelled words in glossary section.
I wonder if the authors ever proofread this book?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disorganized, confusing and poor in general. 7 Oct 2010
By V. Gu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found the organization of the subject material very disorganized. I found myself at times referring to later chapters to understand what was being said in the current chapter. The questions had the same problem. In one particular chapter, I had to refer back several chapters to do the problems. Normally this is not an issue, but these particular problems would have been better suited for the chapter the concept/equation was first introduced... not 7 chapters later.
There were also numerous errors and typos.
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