Meeting time, place:

Lecture: 2:30 –3:20, Tuesday and Thursday, Sequoia 325

Laboratory: 3:30 –6:20, Tuesday and Thursday, Sequoia 516


Instructors and tentative office hours:

Dr. Roy Dixon - lecture (office – Sequoia 446C, phone 8-6893, email:

Monday 12:00 to 1:00, Tuesday 11:00-12:00, and Thursday Friday 9:00 to 10:00.

Dr. Justin Miller-Schulze – laboratory (office – Sequoia 426C, phone 278-7809, email: Monday 3-4:30 and Thursday 10:30-12


Class Internet Sites: - Class information, such as homework assignment, lecture notes, corrections to documents, etc., will be provided.  SacCT will be used for lab information (see section 2), for homework/quiz/exam keys and grading (section 1).


Course Emphasis:

Lecture – learn basic principles of electronics and data acquisition; cover principles involving spectroscopy, chromatography, mass spectrometry, and electrochemistry.  Emphasis will be split between learning basic principles involved in instruments and their use of four major classes and learning details about specific types or applications of instruments within each class.

Lab – see lab syllabus


Texts: Harris, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Eighth Edition.  It may be possible to use an earlier edition, but you are responsible for knowing any differences.  We will use this text book to cover most topics.  Electronics and NMR are not covered in the Harris text, and I will use Rubinson and Rubinson (R&R), Contemporary Instrumental Analysis to cover those two topics.  A copy of this text (or copies of relevant sections) will be made available.  If a student is interested in having a more comprehensive textbook, I would recommend purchasing, Skoog, Holler, and Nieman, Principles of Instrumental Analysis (6th Edition).  The Skoog et al. text is an excellent reference for any interested student.  The Laboratory Manual will be available at the Bookstore (should be available soon).



Exams (2 midterms at 12% each and one comprehensive final at 20%)

Quizzes (given roughly every other Thursday with the lowest score dropped - 7%)

Homework (4%)

Laboratory reports/practical (35%)

Term Project (10%)

Missed exams, if excused, will be made up at time of the final exam.  Laboratory report grading is discussed in the laboratory syllabus.  The overall distribution of grades will depend to some extent on the class average, but a higher average will result in more high grades.  Additional details on the term project will be given in another handout.

Prerequisites: C- or higher in Chem. 31 and 140A/140B (140B may be concurrent) or 142.


Tentative Lecture Schedule

Topic                                                                                Week           Pages

Fundamental Electronics (R&R Ch. 6)                            Jan. 23          R&R 163-171

Electronics and measurements (R&R Ch. 6, additional) Jan. 30          R&R 171-174; 741-746

Transducers, amplifiers, noise (R&R Ch. 6, additional)  Feb. 6           R&R 174-188; 746-748

Electrochemistry (Ch. 13)                                                Feb. 13         279-293

Electrochemistry (Ch. 13, 14)                                          Feb. 20         293-298, 309-330

Spectroscopy (Harris Ch. 17)                                           Feb. 27         393-403; 404-408

Spectroscopy (Ch. 17, 19)                                                March 6        408-413; 445-450

Exam 1 (Electronics and Ch. 13, 14, 17)                       March 7

Spectroscopy, Atomic Spectroscopy (Ch. 19, 20)            March 13      450-475; 479-487

Spring Break                                                                     March 20     

Atomic Spectroscopy (Ch. 20), NMR (R&R Ch.11)       March 27      487-498; R&R 477-482

NMR (R&R Ch.11), Mass Spectrometry (Ch. 21)           April 3          R&R 482-496; 502-506

Mass Spectrometry (Ch. 21)                                             April 10        506-528

Separations (Ch. 22)                                                         April 17        538-553

Separations                                                                        April 24        553-559

Exam 2 (Ch. 19, 19-20, NMR, 21)                                  April 25

GC (Ch. 23)                                                                      May 1           565-584

HPLC (Ch. 24), review                                                     May 8           596-617

Final Exam (Comprehensive)                                        May 18  12:45-2:45

Term Project Poster Presentation                                 May 19*

* This will be on the day of the Chemistry Dept. Spring Graduation Party, which typically is on the Friday of Finals Week.


Policy on cheating:  Cheating will not be tolerated.  This includes copying the work of your classmates, using unauthorized notes during quizzes and exams, falsifying data, and plagiarizing others’ work.  Cheating could result in a reduced score for the work to expulsion from the university.  Become familiar with CSUS cheating policies that can be found at: