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You walk into a chemistry lab and pick up a bottle labelled magnesium oxide. You assume the label matches the identity of the powder inside, but how would you make sure? Welcome to the world of analytical chemistry. Analytical chemistry is fundamental to our understanding of the world around us. Beginning with the classification of substances into elements, compounds and mixtures, we will be delving into analytical techniques ranging from chromatography to chemical tests to advanced instrumental techniques. Analytical chemistry brings together many aspects of the chemistry syllabus as the separation and identification of a compound requires an understanding of its unique chemistry. Much like detective work, analytical chemistry involves collecting and piecing together the evidence.
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