This course focuses on isolating, mounting, and handling 1-100 µm sized particles without the use of micromanipulators. Methods for isolating contaminants from liquids, solids, or surfaces are covered. Preparation methods for further analysis by PLM, IR, Raman, and SEM are demonstrated and discussed. Students spend more than 50% of class time practicing these techniques under the supervision of the instructor. Some of the sample-handling supplies made in class are retained by the students for their own use.
The instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of classroom portion of this course will be provided by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences.
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.