2020 Quantitative Chemical Analysis

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Okada Tetsuo  Fukuhara Gaku 
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Tue1-2(H116)  Fri1-2(H116)  
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Course description and aims

  This course focuses on the principles and concepts of quantitative chemical analysis including sample pretreatments and instrumental analyses. The final goal of this course is for students to gain the ability to design and devise analytical methods with knowledge that they acquire in the classes.
  Students will understand the principles and chemical bases of methods involved in chemical analyses, e.g. separation, sample enrichment, spectrometry, electrochemical measurements etc. They are also expected to know limitations in up-to-data analytical methods and to consider how to overcome current problems.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1. Know the theoretical and experimental features of basic methods and concepts involved in chemical analyses.
2. Understand not only the principles of the methods but also methodological characteristics and limitations.
3. Know how to enhance “sensitivity” and “selectivity” of analytical methods.
4. Be able to design and construct an analytical scheme based on students’ knowledge.


Instrumental analysis, Sample pretreatment, Separation, Spectrometry, Electrochemical methods

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 should check what topics will be covered in the class and are required to learn them on reference books and internet.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is chemical analysis and its purpose Explain the purpose of chemical analysis and elements require to design the entire analysis
Class 2 General introduction to spectrometry Understand features involved in spectrometry
Class 3 Atomic absorption spectrometry Understand principle and analytical features in atomic spectrometry
Class 4 UV/visible spectrometry Understand principle and analytical features in UV/visible spectrometry
Class 5 Fluorometry Understand principle and analytical features in fluorometry
Class 6 Basics in vibrational spectrometry and IR spectrometry Understand principle and analytical features in vibrational spectrometry
Class 7 Raman spectrometry Understand principle and analytical features in Raman spectrometry
Class 8 X-ray diffraction and inner shell excitation spectrometry Understand principle and analytical features in X-ray diffraction and inner shell excitation spectrometry
Class 9 Separation in chemical analysis Explain significance of separation in designing chemical analysis
Class 10 Separation with different phases Understand principle and analytical features in separation with different phases
Class 11 Introduction to chromatography Understand principle and analytical features in chromatography
Class 12 Selectivity of separation and detection in chromatography Explain relation between separation selectivity and detection selectivity in chromatography
Class 13 Potentiometry and pH measurements Understand principle and analytical features in potentiometry
Class 14 Voltammetry Understand principle and analytical features in voltammetry

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.



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 the final exam (80 %) and homework (20 %).

Related courses

  • CHM.B202 : Basic Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM.B201 : Inorganic Chemistry I
  • LAS.C105 : Basic Quantum Chemistry
  • LAS.C107 : Basic Chemical Thermodynamics
  • CHM.C201 : Introductory Quantum Chemistry
  • CHM.C202 : Chemical and Statistical Thermodynamics

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

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

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