Analytical Chemistry Basics

The goal of this on-line course is to provide the user with an introduction to some of the fundamental concepts and methods of analytical chemistry. The topics are arranged in the order in which they are typically presented in an undergraduate analytical chemistry course. Many of the reference documents that you will read contain links to remedial material and related topics. Use the remedial links when needed but skip the related topics since you will get to most of them eventually in the course. After reading a reference document, return to this page with the back arrow.


A brief introduction to analytical chemistry and analytical methods.

Chemical equilibrium

Review of chemical equilibrium and equilibrium constants.

Gravimetric analysis

Introduction to gravimetric analysis and solubility products with links to precipitation reactions.


Introduction to titrations with links to acid-base chemistry.


Introduction to electrochemistry with links to oxidation-reduction reactions.


Introduction to spectroscopy with descriptions of absorption, emission, scattering, and links to the Beer-Lambert Law and advanced examples.


Introduction to separation science with basic descriptions of partitioning, extractions, chromatography, and electrophoresis.

Appendix: Data handling

Definitions of accuracy and precision, and basic rules for significant figures.

Appendix: Analytical Standards

Definitions of primary and secondary standards, and working curves.

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