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Devise a suitable approach that you would use to determine the phenolic, polysaccharide, fixed oil, terpenoid, and alkaloid content in a Medicinal plant? In doing so, please take into consideration
(i) Physicochemical properties of the test analytes
(ii) Methods of sample preparations prior to analysis of test analytes
(iii) Factors that you would consider when deciding on an appropriate analytical method
PHYSICOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF INTEREST. For the purpose of this report, we broadly define physicochemical properties as physical properties, solvation properties related to interactions with different media, and properties or molecular attributes that define intrinsic chemical reactivity.
While physical properties can be determined by examining the look, smell and feel of a substance, chemical properties are hidden until an experiment shows what they are. Typical chemical properties that are easy to determine include flammability, reaction in air and reaction to water