Getting Started in HPLC

Introduction

     

A Word About the Present Course


   
For many people, an on-line course is an inexpensive substitute for a live lecture. Now it is possible to review the same material as many times as you desire. Also, it is possible to emphasize the real strengths of computers: efficient presentation of written or illustrated material (in legible form!), the use of animation, and so on. Unfortunately, you can't ask a computer questions, and the computer has no way of knowing how well you are following the material.


   
In this course we have tried to emphasize the strong points of on-line training while compensating for its weaknesses. This should allow you to absorb knowledge as efficiently and painlessly as possible. In fact "on-line" may eventually prove to be the best way (not just the cheapest) for acquiring an education. However there is no "royal road to learning" . . . with or without "the Web". The participation of the student is still 99% of the learning process.


   
So how do we get your active involvement while you are looking at this program? One way is by stopping every few pages and asking you to answer self-testing questions in this manual. This process is not just to see how well you are reading. The questions have been selected to provide you with additional insight into what has been taught. Also, we learn by doing - that is we "lock in" what we have heard by using this information to solve problems.


   
There are other ways to participate more actively in this program, and to learn more surely. The language of HPLC has new words in it words that may be confusing when you first hear them. For some people it can be helpful to skim through the vocabulary we will be using. These words are contained in the glossary (The Language of HPLC) and are illustrated in many cases with diagrams that can improve your understanding of the word.


   
After you have completed this course you will want to keep on learning more about HPLC. On-the-job training will contribute a great deal to what you learn here. Comparing notes with your coworkers will add to your own observations. Additional live courses for the next level of education are also available from LC Resources. Finally there is much written material - web sites, books, journals, and commercial literature - which is reviewed at the end of this course (Links to Additional Information and Recommended Reading). There is no lack of educational resources . . . how far you progress is strictly up to you.


   
Computer Requirements. This course requires MS Internet Explorer 4 or above, or Netscape 6 or above. Netscape versions 4.5 and below are known not to work. A broadband connection to the internet is recommended, but not required (load times with a 28.8 kbps modem can be up to 30 seconds for some pages). If you run into any problems, send me an e-mail (tom.jupille@lcresources.com).    
     
 

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