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Principles of Instrumental Analysis [Hardcover]

Douglas A. Skoog , F. James Holler , Stanley R. Crouch
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December 6, 2006 0495012017 978-0495012016 6
PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS has long been the standard for courses that deal with the principles and applications of modern analytical instruments. Now with their new Sixth Edition, authors Douglas A. Skoog, F. James Holler, and Stanley R. Crouch infuse their popular text with updated techniques as well as new Instrumental Analysis in Action case studies. The book's updated material enhances its proven approach, which places an emphasis on the theoretical basis of each type of instrument, its optimal area of application, its sensitivity, its precision, and its limitations. PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS also introduces students to elementary analog and digital electronics, computers, and treatment of analytical data. A book companion website is available, providing students with tutorials on instrumental methods, Excel files of data analysis and simulations of analytical techniques to help them visualize important concepts in this course, and selected papers from the chemical literature to stimulate interest and provide background information for study.

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1. Introduction. Section I. MEASUREMENT BASICS. 2. Electrical Components and Circuits. 3. Operational Amplifiers in Chemical Instrumentation. 4. Digital Electronics and Microcomputers. 5. Signals and Noise. Instrumental Methods in Action: Assessing the Authenticity of the Vinland Map. Section II. ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY. 6. An Introduction to Spectrometric Methods. 7. Components of Optical Instruments. 8. An Introduction to Optical Atomic Spectrometry. 9. Atomic Absorption and Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry. 10. Atomic Emission Spectrometry. 11. Atomic Mass Spectrometry. 12. Atomic X-Ray Spectrometry. Instrumental Methods in Action: Title. Section III. MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY. 13. An Introduction to Ultraviolet/Visible Molecular Absorption Spectrometry. 14. Applications of Ultraviolet/Visible Molecular Absorption Spectrometry. 15. Molecular Luminescence Spectrometry. 16. An Introduction to Infrared Spectrometry. 17. Applications of Infrared Spectrometry. 18. Raman Spectroscopy. 19. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. 20. Molecular Mass Spectrometry. 21. Surface Characterization by Spectroscopy and Microscopy. Instrumental Methods in Action: Title. Section IV. ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. 22. Introduction to Electroanalytical Chemistry. 23. Potentiometry. 24. Coulometry. 25. Voltammetry. Instrumental Methods in Action: Title. Section V. SEPARATION METHODS. 26. An Introduction to Chromatographic Separations. 27. Gas Chromatography. 28. High-Performance Liquid Chromatography. 29. Supercritical Fluid Chromatography and Extraction. 30. Capillary Electrophoresis and Capillary Electrochromatography. Instrumental Methods in Action: Title. Section VI. MISCELLANEOUS METHODS. 31. Thermal Methods. 32. Radiochemical Methods. 33. Automated Methods of Analysis. 34. Particle Size Analysis. Instrumental Methods in Action: Title. Appendices. Appendix 1. Evaluation of Analytical Data. Appendix 2. Some Standard and Formal Electrode Potentials. Appendix 3. Compounds for Preparing Standard Solutions of Some Common Elements. Appendix 4. Common Acronyms Encountered in Chemical Instrumentation. Answers to Selected Problems. Index.

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Douglas A. Skoog (deceased) earned a B.S. in chemistry from Oregon State University and received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois. The lead author of several best-selling texts, Dr. Skoog was the 1999 recipient of the American Chemical Society award in analytical chemistry, sponsored by the Fisher Scientific Company. That same year, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1993, he received the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was a Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University.

F. James Holler is a Professor of Chemistry and recipient of the Alumni Association Great Teacher Award at the University of Kentucky. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. In addition to his role as co-author of several best-selling texts, he is co-creator of the world-famous Periodic Table of Comic Books.

Stanley R. Crouch is Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University. He received his undergraduate and M.S. degrees from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois. He is the recipient of the 2001 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Chemical Instrumentation and the 1996 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6 edition (December 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495012017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495012016
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars alternatives to this book March 8, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I'm not sure why there are so many negative reviews of this book. I found it to be very solid when I used the 3rd edition.

For those of you who don't like it you have 4 options:

1. "Instrumental Methods of Analysis" by Willard, Merritt, Dean, Settle; (ISBN 0534081428) which is excellent and a true classic. It's OOP now but a new edition comes out in 2016.

2. "Chemical Analysis: Modern Instrumentation Methods and Techniques" by Francis Rouessac & Annick Rouessac

3. "Undergraduate Instrumental Analysis" Sixth Edition by James W. Robinson, Eileen M. Skelly Frame, George M. Frame II

4. "Chemical Instrumentation: A Systematic Approach" by Strobel and Heineman. This book is very hardware oriented and is not a true general instrumental analysis text.

I'd also recommend that you buy "Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry" by James N. Miller & Jane C. Miller. It does a much better job than the cursory chapters found in regular analytical texts. Get the 4th or 5th edition. For a paperback, this book is ridiculously expensive if you buy new. Try to find a used copy.

While the book by Miller & Miller is good, it's no substitute for a 1 or 2 semester course in stats. A good book for this material might be Statistics for Research, Third Edition by Shirley Dowdy, Stanley Wearden, Daniel Chilko (ISBN 047126735X)

Check out my other reviews for other undergrad. chem books.

I notice one of the co-authors (Crouch) has added his comments. He says "This book remains the leader in the field." - not difficult when there are so few competitors!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not so good September 17, 2007
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I have to use this textbook for one of my classes, and I must say, it is horrible. The examples for problems in the book hardly give any explanation of what they are doing. The questions at the end of the chapter are very difficult and looking back at the chapter just makes the question even more confusing. I like to use textbooks when I do not understand what is going on in my class, but this one does not help at all! I think the only way you can understand this book is if you are already well educated in the course. Everytime I am assigned problems in the book, I cringe, because I know I am going to be spending hours being more confused than I have ever been in my life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A bad textbook April 9, 2009
By KJ
Format:Hardcover
There are too many errors in problems and solutions that it does more harm to people like me who learn by examples. I also hate how it has incorrectly spelled words in glossary section.
I wonder if the authors ever proofread this book?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, informative textbook. December 6, 2008
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I used this textbook for an instrumental analysis class. It is very informative and contains helpful schematics and figures to enhance the text material. That being said, it often is a very dense read. I had issues being able to comprehend more than a couple pages in one sitting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intro. to Instrumental Analysis March 1, 2011
By MJJPW
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Great content, but a little lengthy making it difficult to find exactly what you are looking for. Very complete and expanded explainations. Great for an analytical lab.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disorganized, confusing and poor in general. October 7, 2010
By V. Gu
Format:Hardcover
I found the organization of the subject material very disorganized. I found myself at times referring to later chapters to understand what was being said in the current chapter. The questions had the same problem. In one particular chapter, I had to refer back several chapters to do the problems. Normally this is not an issue, but these particular problems would have been better suited for the chapter the concept/equation was first introduced... not 7 chapters later.
There were also numerous errors and typos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Analytical chemistry text December 13, 2010
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This is a great book to have and to keep. I used it extensively as an undergraduate and would be lost without it as a Graduate analytical student!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good survey of current instrumental analysis May 2, 2010
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Enjoyed using Skoog's Principles. Theory is understandable. Very well illustrated. Many spreadsheets show useful Excel techniques for analyzing data.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Helpul and very explanatory. Bought it for a class, kept it for work. made a great refresher when preparing for my interview and still helps a little today.
Published 4 months ago by Cody B Harney
1.0 out of 5 stars False description. international bad copy and is not a hardcover!!!
What's sold was an international edition and bad quality the book pages as falling apart. This book wasn't hard cover as described.
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The book that was sent was not the one shown in the picture. However, the material was the same, but it was a little confusing. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Principles of Instrumental Analysis (6th International Edition)
The Cover page was not like the one shown in the picture. Edition is not mentioned in the book while reprint date was found. I am not satisfied. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
This is a necessary resource for any analytical chemistry student. It contains important information on most modern instruments and methods. Read more
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excellent book used in working toward a chemistry degree that will end up in the library for future references. excellent service
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It's in good condition, but the author didn't tell me it was the international edition. It caused a lot of confusion.
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