Spectroscopy in a Suitcase teacher's resource: UV / Visible Spectroscopy


UV-visible spectroscopy is a technique that readily allows one to determine the concentrations of substances and therefore enables scientists to study the rates of reactions, and determine rate equations for reactions, from which a mechanism can be proposed. As such UV spectroscopy is used extensively in teaching, research and analytical laboratories for the quantitative analysis of all molecules that absorb ultraviolet and visible electromagnetic radiation.

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Type of Activity

group work



Age Group

16 to Undergraduate

A body has been found in the Lab! The deceased, Mr Blue, was known to be taking aspirin and a sample of his blood plasma has been sent for analysis. Use UV spectroscopy to determine the concentration of aspirin in the body and ascertain if the amount present was enough to be the cause of death.


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