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ERIC Number: EJ814871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Mass Spectrometry Theatre: A Model for Big-Screen Instrumental Analysis
Allison, John
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n11 p1582-1583 Nov 2008
Teaching lecture or lab courses in instrumental analysis can be a source of frustration since one can only crowd a small number of students around a single instrument, typically leading to round-robin approaches. Round-robin labs can spread students into multiple labs and limit instructor-student interactions. We discuss "Mass Spectrometry Theatre" as an example of how to teach instrumental analysis with a single instrument, using a digital projector. Since most instruments are now computer controlled and have few if any dials or indicators, most of the interactions are with the computer. With the computer display projected onto a large screen in the lab, students can interact with the instructor and the data system together, with a small number of operators assigned to use the mouse and keyboard. In this way, the use of any instrument with an attached computer can be taught to larger groups, in the lab, in ways that involve all of the students and the instructor, throughout the laboratory period.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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