Chemical Analysis is both about theoretically analyzing the driving forces in nature, i.e. how the strive towards equilibrium gives rise to chemical reactions, and how we practically can use instrumental techniques and analytical methodology for analysis. In other words, chemical equilibrium, inorganic reaction theory and analytical chemistry are linked in the course under the context of natural circles, environmental chemistry and sustainable development. The course focuses on equilibrium calculations of acid / base, gas, solubility, complex and redox reactions and practical analysis work. Lectures aim to support these elements with underlying theory. The student is trained in wet chemical methodology as well as the usage and calibration of instrumental analytical techniques. The course content is applied by sampling, preparation and chemical analysis of soil samples collected during an excursion. Particular emphasis is placed on how data is processed and described in a written report form.
Intended learning outcomes *
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
Calculate different types of chemical equilibrium equations with appropriate approximations and predict how the equilibrium concept can be utilized to influence a process (TEN1).
Independently plan and perform wet chemical work in accordance with standard procedures for safe handling of chemicals and apply the equilibrium concept for analysis and separation (LAB1).
Identify natural forms of our most common elements in soil, water and air, and based on the principles of equilibrium describe flows and circles in nature as well as reflect on the consequences of disturbances of the system's equilibrium from the perspective of sustainable development (TEN1, TEN2).
Describe and use spectroscopy, chromatography and potentiometry as analytical techniques, be able to analyze results and choose appropriate analysis method for a given problem (TEN2, LAB2)
Compile, describe and discuss experimental results in a written report (FÄL1).
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Literature and preparations
Specific prerequisites *
Completion of upper-secondary school before 1 July 2011 and adult education at upper-secondary level before 1 July 2012
Specific entry requirements: mathematics E, physics B and chemistry A. The grade Passed or 3 in each of the subjects is required.
Completion of upper-secondary school from 1 July 2011 and adult education at upper-secondary level from 1 July 2012 (Gy2011)
Specific entry requirements: Physics 2, Chemistry 1 and Mathematics 4. A pass in each of the subjects is the lowest acceptable grade.
KE1140/KE1150 Engineering Chemistry or KD1020 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent course
The course is almost the same as KD1240/KD1250 Equilibria and Techniques for Chemical Analysis. The course overlaps partially the courses in Chemical Equilibria KD1030, KD1150 and KD1200, also in Chemical Measuring Techniques KD1110 and KD1190 and in Analytical Chemistry KD1120 and KD1210.