Infrared Spectroscopy (26 min)

This video is a brief tutorial on interpreting IR spectra. (Runtime = 25:28)

Student Learning Outcomes
After viewing this tutorial and practicing problems from this website and your textbook, you should be able to:
• Understand the theory behind infrared spectroscopy.
• Identify the parts of an IR spectrum.
• Predict the peaks that a molecule will exhibit when subjected to IR spectroscopy.
• Propose possible structures for an unknown compound based on its IR spectrum.

Practice Problems
Here are some problems to get you started. You should first try each on a piece of paper. Then, place your cursor over the graphic and click on right arrow that appears to see the answer. The right and left arrows allow you to move back and forth between problems. Please note that these are not the only types of problems/questions that exist on this topic. Refer to your textbook and any problems your instructor provides you for more practice with this subject.


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