Project Description and Guidelines

During the second half of the semester, our laboratory time will be dedicated to student-selected projects involving the quantitative analyses of real-world samples.  Each of you (either by yourself or with a partner) will decide upon and carry out a determination of a chemical component of a real-world sample using one of the instruments we’ve used in the first part of the course.  As you move through this project, it is important that you pay attention to each step in the analytical process as discussed in chapter 0 of our textbook:

Formulating the question
Selecting analytical procedures
Sample preparation
Reporting and interpretation
Drawing conclusions


In essence, your project will be the determination of __________ in __________, with you filling in the blanks.  Here are the guidelines for you to follow as you select and carry out your project:


Most of the lab time for the second half of the semester is open for you to use as you wish.  I will, however, still require you to turn in your lab notebooks each Monday.  Please keep a record of all of your progress in your notebook.  Include not only the lab work and calculations you do, but every step in the analytical process as well.
The few deadlines we have are as follows:

Mar. 5

Project summary form due

Mar. 18

Last day to turn in corrected report sheets

Apr. 15

First draft of paper due

Apr. 22

Oral presentations

Apr. 26

Final draft of paper due


The final grade for your project will be determined by the following factors:

final paper:

Each of your papers will be published in the inaugural edition of the Concordia Journal of Analytical Chemistry, an online journal that will showcase your work to the world and act as a reference for future classes to draw upon.


A number of resources are available to help you find an appropriate analytical method for your project.  These include the following: