The Activator, Volume 1, Number 8, May 1945 Page: 184
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184 THE ACTIVATOR May
A BOOK REVIEW
COMMERCIAL METHODS OF
ANALYSIS by Foster Dee Snell
and Frank M. Biffen. The Mc-
Graw-Hill Book Company, 753
pages 8 I4" x 5", price $6.00.
This book is intended for a han-
dy reference in any laboratory
where quantitative analyses are
done. As stated by the authors in
the preface the purpose is "to
show the method of approach to
analysis of the innumerable com-
plex commercial products exist-
ing on the market today." Any
attempt of this kind must of ne-
cessity be limited in its scope, as to
include all necessary procedures
would require a minimum of sev-
eral volumes. The authors have
a large clientele and are well qual-
ified to select the material most
used in a commercial laboratory.
The teaching experience of the
senior author is reflected in the
arrangement of the selected ma-
terial which is easily found and
read. In general the procedures
used to determine a constituent
are those which are well estab-
lished and have been accepted by
such societies as APHA, AOAC
The first portion of the book is
given over to the discussion of
fundamentals which a well-train-
ed analyst should have already
mastered. A portion on the tools
and apparatus used by the analyst
is very well done and would be
very handy to have in any labora-
tory. An outline of qualitative
analysis by micro and spot tests is
a significant addition to the book.
This should be very useful in the
laboratories where preliminary ex-
aminations are used to obtain ad-
ditional information on each sam-
Starting with a chapter discuss-
ing hydrogen ion determinations
and ending with a chapter on in-
dicators, reagents and volumetric
solutions, a great variety of sub-
jects is treated. This is where the
book can be very useful for the
analyst in a laboratory with a large
variety of determinations. The
following are a few of the sub-
jects discussed: nitrogen; sulphur
and its compounds; minerals; wa-
ter analysis; fixed alkalies and al-
kali salts; minerals; cements and
mortars; ferrous metals; saponifi-
able fats and oils; sulfated oils;
soaps; heavy metal soaps; waxy
substances; solvents and thinners;
alcohols; paints; resins; pigments;
oil and wax emulsions; rubber;
analysis of coal; gas analysis; pa-
per; paperfibers; textile fibers;
starches and sugar products; pe-
troleum products and pyrethins.
This imposing list of chemical
substances will make this book a
must for the lab book shelf and
should be used by every member
in the laboratory. '
*This reviewer noted that the
equation on page 271 for the per
cent of borax contains an error;
the last factor is inverted and the
equation should be corrected.
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