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ERIC Number: EJ1173148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Using Project-Based Learning to Design, Build, and Test Student-Made Photometer by Measuring the Unknown Concentration of Colored Substances
Diawati, Chansyanah; Liliasari; Setiabudi, Agus; Buchari
Journal of Chemical Education, v95 n3 p468-475 Mar 2018
Students learned the principles and practice of photometry through project-based learning. They addressed the challenge of measuring the unknown concentration of a colored substance using a photometer they were required to design, build, and test. Then, they used that instrument to carry out the experiment and fulfill the challenge. A photometer was designed and built by students consisting of a green laser pointer as the light source and a lux meter as the detector and readout. Using this photometer students have determined the concentration of the unknown sample of KMnO[subscript 4] solutions. The concentration of this sample solution was calculated to be (4.62 ± 0.06) × 10[superscript -4] M; this value agrees within 6% of the expected value from the measurement using the commercial spectrophotometer which was calculated to be (4.96 ± 0.005) × 10[superscript -4] M. The experiments fit well into an analytical chemistry course and take a standard (1 h) lab period. This project has facilitated improved student understanding of the photometry concepts and increased the creative problem-solving. In general, the students' response to this laboratory was positive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indonesia
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