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1.6: Chapter Summary and Key Terms

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    Chapter Summary

    Analytical chemists work to improve the ability of chemists and other scientists to make meaningful measurements. The need to work with smaller samples, with more complex materials, with processes occurring on shorter time scales, and with species present at lower concentrations challenges analytical chemists to improve existing analytical methods and to develop new ones.

    Typical problems on which analytical chemists work include qualitative analyses (What is present?), quantitative analyses (How much is present?), characterization analyses (What are the sample’s chemical and physical properties?), and fundamental analyses (How does this method work and how can it be improved?).

    Key Terms

    • characterization analysis
    • fundamental analysis
    • qualitative analysis
    • quantitative analysis

    This page titled 1.6: Chapter Summary and Key Terms is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by David Harvey.

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