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ERIC Number: EJ1108391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Construction and Characterization of a Compact, Portable, Low-Cost Colorimeter for the Chemistry Lab
Clippard, Carrie M.; Hughes, William; Chohan, Balwant S.; Sykes, Danny G.
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n7 p1241-1248 Jul 2016
A low-cost and portable colorimeter was constructed featuring a low-voltage programmable color light sensor-to-frequency converter, a CMOS 8-bit microcontroller, and an LCD display. The instrument has successfully facilitated the introduction and application of spectroscopy to groups of middle school, high school, and undergraduate students. A series of tried and tested laboratory experiments that demonstrate the utility and capabilities of the colorimeter have been developed. These laboratories not only help characterize the colorimeter but also feature challenging problems that allow students to realize the limitations of analytical instruments. The accompanying laboratories enable students to determine the concentration of a mixture of food dyes using simultaneous equations, quantify inorganic phosphate in various aqueous-based agricultural samples, calculate the concentration of salicylic acid in facial acne medication, and elucidate the stoichiometry of an iron salicylate reaction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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