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Course Details

Course Outline

• Review of oxidation-reduction and precipitation reactions
• Solubility rules and electromotive series
• Chemical reagents, tools, and techniques for applying microcrystal tests
• Spot tests and classification of compounds
• Microcrystal tests and identification of specific elements and ions
• Analysis of metals
• Flame tests
• Crystal habit and crystal morphology

What You Will Learn

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, the student will …..

  • Be familiar with basic techniques used to perform microchemical tests
  • Acquire a repertoire of spot tests that can be used to classify compounds
  • Become more proficient at conducting microcrystal tests
  • Have the ability to perform elemental analysis on minute quantities of material
  • Be able to use crystal morphology to classify and identify common precipitates
Student Learning Resources
  • Essentials of Polarized Light Microscopy by John Gustav Delly
  • Olympus BX51 microscope with polarized light capabilities
  • The McCrone Atlas of Microscopic Particles, a free online reference aid to substance identification
  • Modern Microscopy, a free, peer-reviewed online journal for the professional microscopist
  • All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided for onsite review by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences
  • Essentials of Polarized Light Microscopy by John Gustav Delly; Chapters 8 and 13
  • Handbook of Chemical Microscopy by Chamot and Mason; Volume II
  • Microchemical Tests for Selected Cations by John Gustav Delly; The Microscope 37 pp. 139-166
  • Qualitative Analysis by Spot Tests: Inorganic and Organic Applications by Fritz Feigl
  • Spot Test Analysis; Clinical, Environmental, Forensic, and Geochemical Applications by Ervin Jungreis
  • Microscopy for Chemists by Harold Schaeffer
Who Should Enroll

• Scientists interested in learning how to conduct elemental analysis on extremely small or limited samples

• Forensic scientists responsible for chemical analysis of evidence, especially white powders and trace evidence such as paint and explosive residues 

• Industrial chemists seeking techniques for identifying contaminants in products

Suggested Prerequisites

• A general background in science or chemistry is beneficial but not required
• At least one course in polarized light microscopy is beneficial but not required

Satisfactory Completion Requirements

Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:

  • 100% Attendance
  • Class participation
  • Completion of all course material
  • Completed and signed student evaluation form

Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

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