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ERIC Number: EJ826564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Diamagnetic Corrections and Pascal's Constants
Bain, Gordon A.; Berry, John F.
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n4 p532-536 Apr 2008
Measured magnetic susceptibilities of paramagnetic substances must typically be corrected for their underlying diamagnetism. This correction is often accomplished by using tabulated values for the diamagnetism of atoms, ions, or whole molecules. These tabulated values can be problematic since many sources contain incomplete and conflicting data. This article presents an explanation for the origin of the diamagnetic correction factors, organized tables of constants compiled from many sources, a simple method for estimating the correct order of magnitude for the diamagnetic correction for any given compound, a clear explanation of how to use the tabulated constants to calculate the diamagnetic susceptibility, and a worked example for the magnetic susceptibility of copper acetate. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A