In this introduction to microchemistry course, students learn to use to spot tests and specific microchemical tests for the purpose of identifying elements, ions and functional groups. The course will begin with the fundamentals of redox chemistry and precipitation reactions. Solubility rules and the electromotive series will be used to characterize and identify many common substances. Techniques for conducting microchemical tests will be practiced, and basic principles of crystal morphology will be applied to the crystalline precipitates formed.
See below for course outline and additional information.
• 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
Upon satisfactory completion of this course, the student will …..
• 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
• 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
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:
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.