GEO4830 - Analytical methods in geochemistry
The course will teach various geochemical techniques. It will provide a theoretical background, and involve the student in the practical application by analysing geological samples in the laboratory and on the various instruments.
During the course you will:
- learn the principles of various methods used to analyse the composition, structure, and age of rocks and minerals.
- be introduced to scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microprobe (EMP), isotope dilution-thermal ionization mass spectrometry (ID-TIMS) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).
- learn how to image the distribution of elements in minerals and to interpret their geological significance.
- receive an introduction to the statistical treatment of analytical data, including the calculation of detection limits, precision and accuracy.
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Recommended previous knowledge
Lectures (2 hours pr week) and practicals (4 hours pr week).
Active participation to the exercises and discussion of the results are a prerequisite for admission to the final exam.
Final oral exam.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
External auditor: Rune B. Larsen
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Withdrawal from an examination
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Special examination arrangements
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