Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017
BIO 443 Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis
(Also CHM 443)
2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory; 4 credits
A course to familiarize undergraduate students with the principles and practices of scanning electron microscopy and x-ray microanalyses. The course content will focus on the SEM and its modes of operation, electron beam-specimen interactions, image formation, generation of x-rays, x-ray spectral measurement, and qualitative and quantitative x-ray analyses. The lecture will present the historical and theoretical backgrounds to these integrated topics, and the laboratory will provide hands-on experiences for biological, materials, and polymer samples. The designed experiments will allow students to apply the techniques learned in class to realistic systems, and the laboratory reports will help students develop the skill in scientific and technical writing. This course is directed toward advanced biology/chemistry students.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
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