Analyzing Tiny Samples Using a Search for the Beginning Mass Spectrometry

Teach the basics of mass spectrometry with a hands-on lesson. The fourth in a series of six lessons explores how mass spectrometry measures the ionic composition of an element. Learners then compare and contrast relative abundance and relative intensity.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Encourage advanced students to continue researching the role of mass spectrometry
  • Use a graphic organizer such as a Frayer diagram to record new vocabulary with examples
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires previous work with isotopes
Pros
  • Includes a student handout with specific instructions to follow
  • Provides tips to review important background knowledge
Cons
  • None