529 Seminar on Chemical Oceanography

Introduction to the fundamentals of inorganic mass spectrometry as applied to the analysis of trace elements and isotopes in natural materials like seawater. This is a nuts and bolts class (literally) where students will tear down and then rebuild a high-resolution mass spectrometer. Along the way, students will learn the fundamentals of inorganic mass spectrometry and the basic issues that come up during the design and construction of scientific instrumentation. During the quarter, students will work in groups to write the "missing manual" for one subsystem of the mass spectrometer. This is shop class for geeks. The hands-on work will be complemented by readings from the literature together with the course text: Moore, Davis, and Coplan, Building Scientific Apparatus, 4th ed.

529 Seminar on Chemical Oceanography

Introduction to the fundamentals of inorganic mass spectrometry as applied to the analysis of trace elements and isotopes in natural materials like seawater. This is a nuts and bolts class (literally) where students will tear down and then rebuild a high-resolution mass spectrometer. Along the way, students will learn the fundamentals of inorganic mass spectrometry and the basic issues that come up during the design and construction of scientific instrumentation. During the quarter, students will work in groups to write the "missing manual" for one subsystem of the mass spectrometer. This is shop class for geeks. The hands-on work will be complemented by readings from the literature together with the course text: Moore, Davis, and Coplan, Building Scientific Apparatus, 4th ed.

Prerequisites: permission of instructor