Principles of Instrumental Analysis

Often considered the gold standard of analytical chemistry textbooks, Principles of Instrumental Analysis by Skoog, Holler and Crouch is in its ninth edition. Through the magic of the Internet and the vagaries of the international textbook marketplace, I was able to find a copy of the 6th edition (2007) of this textbook to share with you. (Not sure if this is OK with the publisher or not, so travel at your own risk.)

Douglas A. Skoog (deceased) taught at Stanford University from 1947 until his retirement in 1976. F. James Holler is on the faculty at the University of Kentucky. Stanley R. Crouch is Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University. Donald M. West (deceased) was a Professor of Chemistry at San Jose State University and contributed to later editions of this textbook. All of the contributing authors have received professional and academic awards and are well-regarded within the analytical chemistry industry.

The textbook is designed to help STEM students in the use of analytical instruments and tools. In the preface to the 6th edition, the authors discuss the sheer volume of instrumental techniques and the unlikelihood of being able to cover all of them in one or even two semesters. They designed their text to be as comprehensive as possible and to be used by students even after they have fulfilled their degree requirements. I noticed in several forums that professionals admitted to having various editions of this analytical chemistry in their office bookshelves.

It appears to be a hand-scanned copy of an original printed copy of the book. It’s not as handy to use as some of the other Analytical Chemistry textbooks here on the Free Textbook List, but how much can you complain when gaining access to one of the best books on the subject.

It is on Google Drive, which means you will need a Google account to view it, but hey, they’re free and pretty much everyone has one anyway.

Table of Contents for Principles of Instrumental Analysis

Chapter 1: Introduction
Section 1: Measurement Basics
Chapter 2: Electrical Components and Circuits
Chapter 3: Operational Amplifiers in Chemical Instrumentation
Chapter 4: Digital Electronics and Computers
Chapter 5: Signals and Noise
Section 2: Atomic Spectroscopy
Chapter 6: An Introduction to Spectrometric Methods
Chapter 7: Components of Optical Instruments
Chapter 8: An Introduction to Optical Atomic Spectrometry
Chapter 9: Atomic Absorption and Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry
Chapter 10: Atomic Emission Spectrometry
Chapter 11: Atomic Mass Spectrometry
Chapter 12: Atomic X-ray Spectrometry
Section 3: Molecular Spectroscopy
Chapter 13: An Introduction to Ultraviolet-Visible Molecular Absorption Spectrometry
Chapter 14: Applications of Ultraviolet Visible Molecular Absorption Spectrometry
Chapter 15: Molecular Luminescence Spectrometry
Chapter 16: An Introduction to Infrared Spectrometry
Chapter 17: Applications of Infrared Spectrometry
Chapter 18: Raman Spectroscopy
Chapter 19: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Chapter 20: Molecular Mass Spectrometry
Chapter 21: Surface Characterization by Spectroscopy and Microscopy
Section 4: Electroanalytical Chemistry
Chapter 22: An Introduction to Electroanalytical Chemistry
Chapter 23: Potentiometry
Chapter 24: Coulomtrey
Chapter 25: Voltanametry
Section 5: Separation Methods
Chapter 26: An Introduction to Chromatographic Separations
Chapter 27: Gas Chromatography
Chapter 28: Liquid Chromatography
Chapter 29: Supercritical Fluid Chromatography and Extraction
Chapter 30: Capillary Eletrophoresis
Section 6: Miscellaneous Methods
Chapter 31: Thermal Methods
Chapter 32: Radiochemical Methods
Chapter 33: Automated Methods of Analysis
Chapter 34: Particle Size Determination
Appendix 1: Evaluation of Analytical Data
Appendix 2: Activity Coefficients
Appendix 3: Some Standard and Formal Electrode Potentials
Appendix 4: Compounds Recommended for the Preparation of Standard Solutions of Some Common Elements
Answers to Selected Problems

Printed Versions of This Textbook

The 9th Edition is available on Amazon. A number of the students mentioned that they found Amazon’s price for this analytical chemistry textbook to be lower than their school bookstore. There are also a variety of folks selling earlier printed versions of this textbook at deeply discounted prices.


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