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Spectroscopy & Spectrometry

The Beer-Lambert Equation

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Learn about the Beer-Lambert equation and its components. Practise rearranging the equation to calculate concentation, absorption coefficient, absorbance and percentage light exiting a solution.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the components of the Beer-Lambert equation
  • Calculate the absorbance, concentration and absorption coefficient using the Beer-Lambert equation
  • Convert between different units
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Manipulating and Presenting Data

  • How to calculate the absorbance using the Beer-Lambert equation 
  • How to convert between metric prefixes
  • How to rearrange the Beer-Lambert equation to isolate and calculate the concentration 
  • How to rearrange the Beer-Lambert equation to isolate and calculate the absorption coefficient
  • How to calculate the absorbance using the light absorption ratio version of the Beer-Lambert equation 
  • How to rearrange the Beer-Lambert equation to isolate and calculate the percentage light exiting a solution

Concepts Principles and Theories

  • When to apply the fundamentals of Beer's Law to various solution scenarios

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