College Analytical Chemistry Survival Guide

An Analytical Balance Shows Weight in Grams While Chemical Calculations are in Moles

An Analytical Balance Shows Weight in Grams While Chemical Calculations are in Moles

If you dread the thought of analytical chemistry then this survival guide may be just the ticket you are looking for. The opening paragraph will set your mind at ease right away: “There is not a lot that needs to be memorized in analytical chemistry”.  The author has one clear instruction to short circuit all your troubles: PRACTICE.  As long as you are ready to practice regularly and turn in your assignments on time you will be able to beat the end of semester cramming.

The guide goes beyond pep talk and gives you actual tips that you can use in the lab.  Example: weighing on an analytical balance is measured in grams while a chemical calculation is in moles and you will need to convert between the two.  The author then goes on to illustrate the conversion with an example.  Likewise he explains what you need to do when working with concentrations, basic statistical methods, and other hairy scary aspects that can get you down in the lab.  Read the guide and stay safe!

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About Bob Sandor

Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrepreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science. Read More