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Mass Spectra: Theory And Interpretation

Mass Spectra: Theory And Interpretation

Class Code
Subject Area
C - Chemistry Program
Class Description 

This three-day classroom course is designed for forensic scientists who use mass spectrometry in the analysis of physical evidence. It also is useful for supervisors who review mass spectral analytical data. Types of instrumentation and various techniques of mass spectra generation are presented. Basic interpretation of mass spectra is discussed, with emphasis on the types of chemical compounds commonly identified in forensic laboratories, particularly controlled substances and arson accelerants. Practical class exercises will apply fundamental principles used to interpret mass spectra. This course is open to criminalists, toxicologists, and supervisors who are responsible for generating and/or reviewing mass spectral data. Students should be familiar with the operation of mass spectrometers and the presentation of mass spectra.


Instructor Tim McKibben
Teaching Methods
Classroom lectures and practical exercises.
Students will apply several approaches for interpreting mass spectra. Students will apply basic principles to identification of compounds of forensic interest.
The student should be well versed in organic chemistry and be familiar with the use of GC/MS instrumentation
Bring a calculator. Class exercises involve numerous arithmetic calculations.
Materials Fee
Tuition No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $360.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.
Course Contact
CCI (916) 695-1800

Location Start Date
BFS-Central Valley Laboratory 02/26/19 08:00 AM

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If no classes are scheduled, you’ll be placed on a list that expresses your desire to attend this course.