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Principles of Instrumental Analysis (Saunders golden sunburst series) 3rd Edition

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Saunders golden sunburst series
  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson Learning; 3rd edition (February 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030012295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030012297
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,697,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Yegor G. Timofeyenko on April 3, 2005
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I am a graduate student in Analytical Chemistry. This book has been a great resource when I need to look up a speceific topic. I like the fact that it provides references to most topics. They are a great starting point if you want to research that topic. Just look up the references, plug it into SciFinder and see who's been quoting it a lot and then look up his/her latest book or review article on the subject ;)

Forget about this book if you want to use it as a textbook, unless you have a very good instructor who'll provide you with a good overview and pick'n'choose what parts of the book you need to be aquainted with.

I don't think this book was written to be a self-contained, 'read-it-from-beginning' & 'i'll-take-your-hand-and-guide-you-though-the-subject' type of a book. So you can't blame it for what it's not meant to be. This is the type of a book you need to pick up with an established purpose or question in your mind. Then you'll consider it to be a valuable resource. If you pick it up just as a beginning student in the field, you'll absolutely hate it with a serious passion! If you use it as I suggest, it will take an honored place in your library. I have the deepest respect for authors of this book and am very thankful for providing me with such a strong tool in my career.

Another great book I'd put in the same category is

Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds

by Robert M. Silverstein, Francis X. Webster, David Kiemle

(6th edition)
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As an undergrad chemistry major at James Madison University, I was required to purchase this text for my senior level instrumental methods class. Fortunately, my professor was one of the co-authors to a previous edition of this book and was able to point out many of the editing flaws in this text before they became a problem. But any good book has its problems. I found it increasingly frustrating that some of the diagrams were mislabeled, or labeled with information of questionable accuracy and/or value. Additionally, the book is written in an extremely dull fashion. Well, you may be saying "this is chemistry, its supposed to be dull and boring!" I would tell you that is the absolute untruth! I have read many technical manuals and texts which cover not only difficult material, but present it in an easily readable fashion. This COULD be a fabulous book if the authors would proofread the newest version themselves and correct some of the errors. A large portion of this book is devoted to the accuracy of data and the maximization of signal to noise ratio. With this in mind I find it disturbing that a book which so advocates this has so many errors in it!
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I'm a graduate student retaking Instrumental Analysis. Fortunately for me, I have the fouth addition to reference. As a student, I'm required to do homework from various chapters. In doing this, I've found numerous reference errors within the problem sets. This makes problem solving difficult (to say the least). It seems as though the proof readers only read the material and did not try to solve any of the problems. The written text is better than the older edition; however, I've still found equational errors. In the end, I'm forced to use both editions. Finally, I will give credit to the amount of useful information within the text. I find that portion of the book highly informative and relatively detailed.
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As a Senior Undergraduate Chemistry student, I was required to buy this book as a text for an instrumental analysis class. I had heard great things about previous editions, and I figured that with a fifth edition, most of the kinks had been worked out.
However, to my dismay, the book was not released until four weeks into the semester, and when it was, I dropped a cumbersome wad of cash for a substandard book that had apparently skipped the proofreading stage to get the book out to the bookstores (probably so that the author could once again line his pockets with cash). There are erroneous equations (albeit subtle mistakes, but those can be the deadliest), misplaced chapter headings, and a myriad of confusing ordering of the chapter, just to name a few things that I felt were below average about this book. When all was said and done, and the course was over, I gladly took it back to the bookstore to sell it back for a whopping loss, and it didn't even phase me.
My suggestion: Go out to a used bookstore and see if you can find an earlier edition. I would imagine that those were actually proofread.
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Despite some errors, this is STILL the only REAL instrumental methods book on the market - if you want to see REALLY BAD books, look at the competitors! In terms of presenting instrumental theory, describing in detail the instruments and their operation, and providing detailed drawings of the instruments and components, this book has no peer. That's why it is used for more Instrumental Methods courses than all other books combined, and why I continue to choose it for my students.
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This book is pretty much standard for undergrad analytical chemistry but it is not a great text. It provides a very basic introduction to analytical methods in a poorly organised fashion. The information is presented in such a way that it calls for you to memorize rather than understand. The mathematics presented confuse the reader more than they help. I recommend you buy this used. If you plan on pursuing analytical chemistry, this book will quickly be shoved aside to make way for much better books, each specific to a particular instrumental method.
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