2016 Exercise in Basic Analytical Chemistry

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Okada Tetsuo  Kawano Masaki  Harada Makoto  Ishida Yutaka  Furukawa Shinya  Ohtsu Hiroyoshi 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on the quantitative calculations and computer simulations of solution equilibria including thermodynamics, acid-base, complexation, precipitation, redox etc.
The calculations and simulations based on knowledge studied in Basic Analytical Chemistry facilitate further understanding of the above topics. Analytical solutions are not necessarily derived in complex systems, which are encountered in experiments as well as in nature. Computer simulation often helps us find out what occur in such complex systems.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will:
1) Understand basic solution thermodynamics.
2) Be able to calculated the concentrations of chemical species based on solution equilibria.
3) Be able to simulate titration curves based on various principle
4) Be able to apply gained knowledge to practical problems, e.g. increase in carbonate concentration in sea water.


Propagation of error, Solution thermodynamics, Chemical equlibria, Acid and base, Complexation, Redox, Titration

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

1) At the beginning of each class, solutions to exercise problems that were assigned during the previous class are reviewed.
2) Students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given in Basic Analytical Chemistry to solve.
3) Before coming to class, students are required to read the corresponding part of the textbook.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Propagation of error and solution thermodynamics Understand the contents in Chapters 1 and 2 in the textbook
Class 2 Equilibrium of Brønsted acids and bases Understand the contents in Chapters 3-5 in the textbook
Class 3 pH buffering and acid-base titration Understand the contents in Chapters 4 and 5 in the textbook
Class 4 Complexation equilibriua Understand the contents in Chapter8 and the related part in Chapter 10 in the textbook
Class 5 Precipitation equilibria Understand the contents in Chapter9 and the related part in Chapter 10 in the textbook
Class 6 Redox reactions Understand the contents in Chapter11 in the textbook
Class 7 Complex redox reactions Understand the contents in Chapter12 in the textbook
Class 8 Geochemical systems Understand chemical equilibria in the hydrosphere and atmosphere on the earth


Okada, Tetsuo et al. Fundamentals in Analytical Chemistry -Quantitative Approach-. Kagaku Dojin ,978-4-7598-1465-1 (Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

1) Harris, D.C. "Quantitative Chemical Analysis", W.H.Freeman and Company (NY) 978-1-4292-1815-3
2) Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Course scores are based on exercise problems.

Related courses

  • CHM.B202 : Basic Analytical Chemistry
  • LAS.C107 : Basic Chemical Thermodynamics
  • CHM.C202 : Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics
  • LAS.C101 : Basic Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM.B201 : Inorganic Chemistry I
  • LAS.C101 : Basic Inorganic Chemistry

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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