What Faculty are SayingOxford
I really liked the idea of putting fundamental principles in the first five chapters that give students clear guidance about what they must understand in order to have firm grasp on various instrumental techniques following those chapters.
I like how the textbook is constructed with a natural flow from one technique to the next, starting with generic instrument and frames the construction of chemical instrumentation in a modular “plug and play” approach. This approach allows one to consider new instrumental designs without having to “start over” each time a new technique is introduced.
I especially respect the authors attempt to make the content relevant with the ‘so what and who cares’ questions throughout the book. I have found that students always perk up when you can relate topics in lecture to something in their everyday life, and the ‘so what and who cares’ questions do a beautiful job of making otherwise esoteric material relevant.
I find the activities, such as build a spectrometer out of a shoebox, razor blades, etc to be helpful reminders that these things can be fairly simple in design. I think that for students to see a spectrometer made out of such everyday items will help to demystify and simplify the topic.
The text is very simple to read and instrumental techniques were explained without complicated mathematics.