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Simplified Low-Cost LED Nephelometer and Turbidity Experiments for Practical Teaching

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posted on 2022-01-26, 16:36 authored by J. O’Donoghue, L. Fitzsimmons
This work describes the design and testing of a low-cost light-emitting diode (LED)-based nephelometer for turbidity analysis. It also describes the use of this nephelometer for context-based learning (CBL) experiments designed for teaching laboratories. The LED nephelometer is simple, low-cost, and robust, providing similar results as a commercial device. Data collection and analysis is quick and intuitive, allowing time and opportunity for discussion about the analytical process and the chemistry involved. The experiments described here are based on real-world applications to emphasize the usefulness of chemical analysis and quantification of turbidity in everyday life.