ERIC Number: EJ1067436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Vibrational Spectroscopy of the CCl[subscript 4] v[subscript 1] Mode: Theoretical Prediction of Isotopic Effects
Gaynor, James D.; Wetterer, Anna M.; Cochran, Rea M.; Valente, Edward J.; Mayer, Steven G.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n6 p1081-1085 Jun 2015
Raman spectroscopy is a powerful experimental technique, yet it is often missing from the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory curriculum. Tetrachloromethane (CCl[subscript 4]) is the ideal molecule for an introductory vibrational spectroscopy experiment and the symmetric stretch vibration contains fine structure due to isotopic variations of the molecule according to C[superscript 35]Cl[subscript x][superscript 37]Cl[subscript 4-x]. We report simple theoretical predictions of the fine structure, calculation of Raman differential scattering cross sections, and discussion of the inherent asymmetry in the v[subscript 1] mode resulting from the different isotopes of chlorine. All calculations and discussion are appropriate for an undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory as either an independent dry lab or a supplement to a pre-existing vibrational spectroscopy lab.
Descriptors: Spectroscopy, Prediction, Chemistry, Laboratory Experiments, Undergraduate Students, Molecular Structure, Quantum Mechanics, Hands on Science, Computation, Laboratory Safety, Laboratory Procedures, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Principles
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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