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Equilibrium in Analytical Chemistry Using Maple®

An emphasis on Ionic Equilibrium - Part I

Equilibrium in Analytical Chemistry Using Maple®
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ISBN: 978-87-403-0422-0
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This book is likely to find strong appeal among hard-core analytical chemists. Although it is not a textbook, it will appeal to chemistry and environmental faculty and students.

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Description

This book is likely to find strong appeal among hard-core analytical chemists. Although it is not a textbook, it will appeal to chemistry and environmental faculty and students. It is rich in its presentation of first principles as it methodically illustrates the use of Maple for solving problems in the context of analytical chemistry. Those who wish to understand the issues of incomplete reaction and the difference between an equivalence point and an endpoint should be especially pleased. Some who are less comfortable with computer algebra might be reluctant to embrace this approach, at first, but they will find that they come up to speed quickly because the instruction presumes no prior knowledge of Maple. Yet, within two chapters the reader is calculating and graphically illustrating important points.

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Preface

There was once a limit to the rigor of ionic equilibrium calculations because the mathematics to the most interesting problems were intractable. In 1964, J.N. Butler published Ionic Equilibrium A Mathematical Approach.1 In the three decades that followed Butler’s masterpiece, most of the work he presented still could not be exploited because the algebra was unmanageable. When desktop computers began to appear in the eighties, a few scholars were able to address more of the interesting problems in ionic equilibrium. In the nineties, computer algebra became available for those desktop computers and all of Butler’s work became “doable.” However, there are few publications and fewer, still, books where commercially available computer algebra is applied to problems in ionic equilibrium. The work presented here does exactly that, and it does it completely! Moreover, it presents ionic equilibrium in the context of analytical chemistry where it has special applications.

The study of ionic equilibrium is central to the understanding of most processes in chemical analysis. The basic concepts are introduced in general chemistry, but because of time constraints and because students at that level often lack mathematical sophistication, simplifying approximations are required. These simplifications severely restrict the applicability of what is learned, and so the student acquires only a superficial understanding of the topic. The serious presentation of ionic equilibrium is usually deferred to a first course in quantitative analysis where its principles are applied. Even at that level, problems are often solved using simplifications and holes remain in the students’ grasp of ionic equilibrium.

If one can write a mass balance, a charge balance and equilibrium expressions, one can, with the help of computer algebra, unravel the makeup of some spectacularly complicated solutions. The reader can generate fascinating titration curves and predict the completeness of precipitation within some bizarre mixtures. A level of sophistication omitted, for simplicity, in other books will be found here: this work comprehensively addresses the effects of ionic strength on all ionic reactions. Ionic strength is covered in detail early and carried throughout the work. These ionic strength effects, however, are ignored where they make problems unnecessarily confusing.

This book is likely to find strong appeal among hard-core analytical chemists. Although it is not a textbook, it will appeal to chemistry and environmental faculty and students. It is rich in its presentation of first principles as it methodically illustrates the use of Maple for solving problems in the context of analytical chemistry. Those who wish to understand the issues of incomplete reaction and the difference between an equivalence point and an endpoint should be especially pleased. Some who are less comfortable with computer algebra might be reluctant to embrace this approach, at first, but they will find that they come up to speed quickly because the instruction presumes no prior knowledge of Maple. Yet, within two chapters the reader is calculating and graphically illustrating important points.

Content

Preface

  1. The Fundamentals of Chemical Equilibrium
  2. Ionic Strength, Activity Coefficients and an Introduction to Maple
  3. Strong Electrolytes, pH and the Mathematics of Ionic Equilibrium
  4. Weak Acids and Weak Bases
  5. The Salts of Weak Acids and Weak Bases
  6. Buffer Solutions
  7. Acid / Base Titrations and an Introduction to Maple Programming

About the Author

Prof. R.V. Whiteley, Pacific University Oregon

August 1986 to present: Professor, Department of Chemistry, Pacific University.

Teaching Responsibilities:

General Chemistry (first and second semester), Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Chemistry Seminar and Special Topics in Chemistry (Mass Spectrometry, Electroanalytical Chemistry, Atomic Spectroscopy, and Chromatographic Methods which is scheduled for January 2014).

Research Interests:

Development of battery technologies. This has included design and development of the battery cells for the Hubble Space telescope, membership on a NASA* "tiger team" to investigate performance issues with battery cells for the International Space Station, paid consultation for Space Systems Loral on the feasibility of lithium ion technology for satellite applications, and contributions to the NASA Handbook for Nickel-Hydrogen Batteries and the NASA Handbook for Nickel-Cadmium Battery Analysis.

Pedagogy of ionic equilibrium. This has resulted in the publication, "Advanced Titration Plots Using Spreadsheet Scripting" James O. Currie, Jr. and Richard V. Whiteley, Jr., J. Chem. Educ. 1991 68 923, and an invited presentation, "Acid / Base Equilibrium in General Chemistry Using Maple®" Maple Summer Workshop, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, July 2004.

University Service

Chair Elect for the University Faculty Senate, 2013-2014.

Member of the University Faculty Senate, 2007-2010 and 2012 to present.

Faculty Development and Personnel Committee 2003-2006 (Chair 2005-2006).

Natural Sciences Division Chair 1995-1998.

Chemistry Department Chair 1992-1994 and 2006-2007.

Academic Standards and Advising Committee 1988-1991.

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