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ERIC Number: EJ1073065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Introducing NMR to a General Chemistry Audience: A Structural-Based Instrumental Laboratory Relating Lewis Structures, Molecular Models, and [superscript 13]C NMR Data
Pulliam, Curtis R.; Pfeiffer, William F.; Thomas, Alyssa C.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n8 p1378-1380 Aug 2015
This paper describes a first-year general chemistry laboratory that uses NMR spectroscopy and model building to emphasize molecular shape and structure. It is appropriate for either a traditional or an atoms-first curriculum. Students learn the basis of structure and the use of NMR data through a cooperative learning hands-on laboratory experience, and work in groups to assign names and structures to unknown compounds. This laboratory can be successfully run at a number of experimental levels, from students preparing their own NMR samples for analysis to running this as a dry laboratory with spectra provided by the instructor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE-ILI-9351955