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ERIC Number: EJ1046284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Field and In-Lab Determination of Ca[superscript 2+] in Seawater
Stoodley, Robin; Nun~ez, Jose R. Rodriguez; Bartz, Tessa
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n11 p1954-1957 Nov 2014
Portions of classic undergraduate quantitative analysis experiments in complexiometric titration and potentiometry are combined with a field-sampling experience to create a two period (2 × 3 h) comparison-based experiment for second-year students. A multifunctional chemical analysis device is used with calcium ion-selective electrode for field measurement of calcium concentration in seawater. The results are compared with later simultaneous potentiometric and colorimetric titration with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). Students compare precision, difficulty, and sources of error of the different methods and present a written argument supporting their choice of best method including advantages and limitations. The experiment provides an introduction to chemistry in-the-field, sample collection and handling, complex matrices, imperfect methods, fallibility of instrumentation, real-world performance, and decision-making.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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