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Principles of Instrumental Analysis (6th International Edition) Paperback – 2007

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INTERNATIONAL EDITION PAPERBACK 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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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Thomson Brooks/Cole (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001KR6YL6
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A.Reader1 on 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", 7th edition, by Willard, Merritt, Dean, Settle; (ISBN 0534081428) which is excellent and a true classic. It's OOP now but the 8th edition is scheduled to be released February, 2016. (see ISBN-13: 978-0471713968, ISBN-10: 0471713961)

2. "Chemical Analysis: Modern Instrumentation Methods and Techniques", 2nd edition, by Francis Rouessac & Annick Rouessac. This is a very nice alternative textbook to Skoog with a simpler approach overall.

3. "Undergraduate Instrumental Analysis" 7th Edition by James W. Robinson, Eileen M. Skelly Frame, George M. Frame II. It`s half-decent but some chapters haven`t been updated in years. Also spends too many pages on NMR, IR and Raman.

4. "Chemical Instrumentation: A Systematic Approach" by Strobel and Heineman. This book is very hardware oriented and can`t be considered 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)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Simon on December 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. G. on October 7, 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryce P Rasmussen on October 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Well, as far as this book goes...it sucks. While it is written in a language most chemistry/analytical students can understand, there is no summary of the instruments without going into excruciating and mostly useless detail. Great reference books for Ph. D's who need an actual reliable, specific book. Not worth the price - get the International Student Edition for $40 - it's exactly the same, even thought it says it MAY not be the same, it is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Myslinski on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MJJPW on March 1, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FCC on August 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This textbook is moderately comprehensive. It addresses the very basics of most common instrumental analysis techniques. It has been used extensively by unniversities and colleges throughout the United States for the common instrumental analysis or analytical chemistry courses.

The textbook lacks in the most recent instrumental techniques, however, most instrumental textbooks do due to the rapid development of new instruments. The end-of-chapter questions are adequate, but there is little variety. Often questions are related to more than just chapter content.

The textbook is simple and enjoyable to read. Although it was compiled by several authors, the entire text appears to have a common writing style. For most chapters, adequate explanations and examples are given, however, there are a few discussions that difficult to follow (e.g., parts of the chromatography chapter).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gualco on November 5, 2007
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This is definately not the best textbook in the world. It is excrutiatingly detailed and does not easily guide you through the material, helping you to learn it. On the other hand, its detail is what makes it a phenomenal reference book. In it you can find not only vast amounts of information on your topic, but also references to aid you in researching it further.

I admit it. I couldn't use this book at all when I first started my analysis class but now it has become an invaluable tool in my research and a key in my reference library.
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