Spectroscopic Concepts and Principles

Section Introduction
Before attempting to study how spectrometric equipment is used to perform analytical tests, it is important to understand general aspects of knowledge that underpin the various techniques. This knowledge will provide the background to support a detailed investigation into the use and operation of the particular instruments.

Remember that the word ‘spectroscopy’ is used to describe the family of spectrometric techniques.

There are five tasks you will undertake in this section.

  1. Understanding spectroscopy
  2. Shedding light on electromagnetic radiation
  3. How light behaves
  4. About colour
  5. Here’s to Beer’s Law.

Complete each task in order, following the steps and instructions.

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