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Lessons 1: Mass Spectrometer

A mass spectrometer is a device used to analyze samples to identify what they are and to find out their concentrations. These devices are complex machines that can cost up to a million dollars apiece. Can you identify the various parts of this machine?

Doing the science

  1. Start the Mass Spectrometry Simulation by clicking on the "Simulation" tab.
  2. Explore the different parts of the mass spectrometer and familiarize how the different parts work by scrolling over the various areas of the machine. Click on each part to learn more about its function.

Do You Understand?

  1. Write in your own words the part’s function: HPLC Pump Controller


  2. Write in your own words the part’s function: Colorimeter


  3. Write in your own words the part’s function: Autosampler Control


  4. Write in your own words the part’s function: Sample Tray


  5. Write in your own words the part’s function: Reagents for HPLC Separation


  6. Write in your own words the part’s function: Sample Injector


  7. Write in your own words the part’s function: Mass Analyzer


  8. Write in your own words the part’s function: Detector