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Analysis of GC Data A common method used to determine the relative amounts of each component of your product is to first determine the area of each peak by triangulation. Peak areas are proportional to the quantity of the material giving rise to the peak, but they are only relative amounts. Those relative amounts can then be expressed as simple ratios or as percentages. Triangulation : To determine the areas by triangulation measure the height (h) and the width at half height (which is equal to ½ the base, or ½ b) of each peak in the chromatogram accurately in cm or mm (measure to the nearest 0.1 mm). Clearly mark the measurements on the chromatogram and record them in your observations. Calculate the area of each peak using A = (½ b)h. Also calculate the sum of the areas of all product peaks on the chromatogram. (See Figure 1 below as an example.) Percentage: If three peaks appear in a chromatogram with areas of 42 mm 2 , 125 mm 2 and 84 mm 2
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