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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Marcel Nathans

First Committee Member

Herschel Frye

Second Committee Member

Emerson Cobb


Differential thermal analysis le a dynamic process for observing the thermal decomposition of reacting sub- stances, The heart of the equipment for this process is a vanadium steel sample holder approximately two inches in diameter and one inch thick. Two wells, approximately one inch apart, serve as holders for the sample and reference material. Inserted in the bottom of each well is a thermo- couple of platinum, platinum-rhodeus. Attached to the thermocouples is an amplifier and a recorder.





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