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Teaching Instrumental Analysis without a Textbook

There is strong motivation for instructors of Instrumental Analysis to use online supplements for their course or to possibly function without a textbook. But paring down the ASDL sources and links into one usable document takes quite a bit of time. Hopefully this document will allow those interested to be able to gather the information quickly.

The following contains learning objectives and corresponding web links for topics seen in most Instrumental Analysis courses. Instrumental Analysis is the second course of a twosemester sequence for analytical chemistry at the United States Military Academy. The textbook used in the course was different editions of Principles of Instrumental Analysis, by Skoog, Holler, and Crouch. Dr. Way Fountain, Dr. Dawn Riegner, and Dr. Tom Spudich have taught instrumental analysis at USMA from 1996 to the present. We have assembled this information for anyone to use in their course; all we request is that you acknowledge us and/or others that have provided the links for the work that has been done. Note that there is a plan to include problems (and access to solutions) for all the lessons, but we cannot guarantee a date as to when this will occur. If you have suggestions or comments, please do not hesitate to email us: or

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How to use this document:

These topics and learning objectives are currently grouped for a traditional 75 minute class and set up so they can be ported directly into a syllabus. There are general topics listed in the Table of Contents (below) that take you to a listing of possible learning objectives for this topic. There are references, which are mainly online links, for the general topic OR specific learning objective. All online links are underlined and in italics. Links that are highlighted in gray are references that are in the Analytical Sciences Digital Library ( Note that other than the Analytical Chemistry 2.0 textbook by David Harvey, and the Atomic Emission Spectroscopy learning module by Alexander Scheeline and Thomas Spudich, the links are not shortened in any way, thus giving the reference for the document. Additionally, there are no links or learning objectives for any electrochemistry, as it was not offered in the instrumental analysis portion of the course.


  • Dr. Augustus W. Fountain III (Edgewood Chemical Biological Center), Dr. Dawn E. Riegner (United States Military Academy), Dr. Thomas M. Spudich (Maryville University)