2020 Basic Analytical Chemistry

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Okada Tetsuo  Kawano Masaki 
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Mon5-6(H116)  Thr5-6(H116)  
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Course description and aims

This course teaches solution thermodynamics and chemical equilibria in solutions. We would not know the concentrations of chemical species in solution without chemical analyses. However, we can find out them by calculations if all of the equilibrium relations are quantitatively known.
Gravimetric and volumetric analyses are designed based on solution thermodynamics and equilibria. Although these analytical methods appear classical, some of the advanced technologies strongly rely on these methods that are highly reliable. Solution thermodynamics and chemical equilibria are essential fundamentals of chemistry. What is taught in this course may be considered as simple extensions of what was studied in chemistry classes in high school. The essential nature of the theme treated in this course is, however, conceptual and often difficult to understand. This course facilitates students' ability to understand the concepts of solution equilibria and apply the knowledge studied in the classes to practical systems, including acid rain and effect of carbon dioxide on the concentration level of carbonate in sea water.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1) Understand basic solution thermodynamics.
2) Be able to calculate the concentrations of chemical species based on solution equilibria.
3) Be able to explain the principle of titration.


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 homework are reviewed.
2) Students are given exercise problems as homework in each class.
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 Understand the content of Chapter 1 in the textbook
Class 2 Solution thermodynamics Understand
Class 3 Activity and concentration Explain ideal solution and real solution systems
Class 4 Acids and bases in aqueous solutions Understand the content of Chapter 3 in the textbook
Class 5 Equilibrium of Brønsted acids and bases Understand the content of Chapter 4 in the textbook
Class 6 Acid-base titration Understand the content of Chapters 5 and 6 in the textbook
Class 7 pH buffer Understand the content of Chapter 7 in the textbook
Class 8 Complexation equilibria Understand the content of the first part of Chapter 8 in the textbook
Class 9 Complicated complexation equilibria Understand the content concerning complexation in Chapter 10 in the textbook
Class 10 Chelate titration Understand the content concerning chelate titration in Chapter 8 in the textbook
Class 11 Precipitation equilibria Understand the content of Chapter 9 in the textbook
Class 12 Effects of various equilibria in solution on precipitation Understand the content concerning precipitation equilibria in Chapter 10 in the textbook
Class 13 Redox equilibria Understand the content of Chapter 11 in the textbook
Class 14 Complicated redox systems Understand the content of Chapter12 in the textbook

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


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 midterm and final exams (90 %) and homework (10 %).

Related courses

  • LAS.C107 : Basic Chemical Thermodynamics
  • CHM.C202 : Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics
  • CHM.C202 : Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics
  • LAS.C101 : Basic Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM.B201 : Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHM.B204 : Exercise in Basic Analytical 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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