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Medicine: general issues
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.
Six new case studies have been added as section openers to help students see the relevance of analytical chemistry. An applied photo accompanies each section opener.
A "challenge problem" at the end of each chapter refers to the case studies to encourage students to read them and to apply principles and methods of the individual chapters to the solution of timely and relevant problems.
Updated spectra throughout reflect current practice in presentation and provide high-quality data from modern instruments, e.g. FTIR.
Focus on eliminating obsolete instruments and techniques in favor of new and updated material on sample illumination, fiber optic sampling probes, FT - Raman, time-resolved resonance Raman and reflectance IR / ATR spectroscopy has been developed in chapter 18, "Raman spectroscopy."
Many chapters contain spreadsheet examples with references to the excel book (Written by the same authors) and include corresponding end-of-chapter spreadsheet problems.
Chapter 21, "surface characterization by spectroscopy and microscopy," now offers a general update of surface characterization methods.
Chapter 25, "voltammetry," has been updated, especially cyclic voltammetry, with a de-emphasis of polarography at the DME. Solid and thin-film electrodes have been emphasized.
A general reorganization of thermal methods and update instrumentation has been applied to chapter 31, "thermal methods."
A new chapter 34, "particle size analysis, has been added to provide greater coverage for students.