Every chemist needs to know the fundamentals of the instrumental methods of analysis. This eighth edition of Instrumental Methods of Analysis provides the essential background for a one-semester upper undergraduate class in Instrumental Analysis for chemistry majors. Presenting a consistent approach to the material from chapter to chapter, this practical text addresses the fundamental ideas and major approaches to instrumental analysis in order to provide students with the tools to understand more complex iterations of these fundamental instruments. * Begins by introducing instrumental techniques; then moves on to signals, signal processing and manipulations, figures of merit and calibration, mass spectrometry, spectroscopy, separations, electrochemistry and other methods * Stresses issues related to sampling and sample preparation as well as the error contributions from sample preparation and approaches used to help assess them * Features spreadsheet exercises, tutorial programs, video demonstrations, and computer simulations on the authors' website