Qualitative chemical analysis
Lambert, Jack L. Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
Siggia, Sidney Formerly, Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Longmoore, Kenneth Formerly, Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.
- Inorganic Analysis
- Sample size
- Visual tests
- Instrumental methods
- Organic Analysis
- Physical methods
- Chemical methods
- Chemical structure
- Physical structure
- Additional Readings
The branch of chemistry concerned with identifying the elements and compounds present in a sample of matter. Inorganic qualitative analysis traditionally used classical “wet” methods to detect elements or groups of chemically similar elements, but instrumental methods have largely superseded the test-tube methods. Methods for the detection of organic compounds or classes of compounds have become increasingly available and important in organic, forensic, and clinical chemistry. Once it is known which elements and compounds are present, the role of quantitative analysis is to determine the composition of the sample. See also: Analytical chemistry; Quantitative chemical analysis
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