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ERIC Number: EJ1040113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Teaching Electronics and Laboratory Automation Using Microcontroller Boards
Mabbott, Gary A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n9 p1458-1463 Sep 2014
Modern microcontroller boards offer the analytical chemist a powerful and inexpensive means of interfacing computers and laboratory equipment. The availability of a host of educational materials, compatible sensors, and electromechanical devices make learning to implement microcontrollers fun and empowering. This article describes the advantages of using Arduino microcontroller boards for lab automation. It also includes lesson plans and exercises for teaching how to use them in the analytical chemistry curriculum. Two of these exercises include acquiring data from simple spectrometers and the control of a thermal cycler for PCR. The versatility of these devices will make them another important tool in the analytical chemist's toolkit.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A