Mass Spectrometry (33 min)

This tutorial covers the common trends and fragmentation patterns observed in mass spectrometry. (Runtime = 32:52)

Student Learning Outcomes
After viewing this tutorial and practicing problems from this website and your textbook, you should be able to:
• Understand the processes of ionization and fragmentation.
• Identify the parts of a mass spectrogram.
• Predict the fragmentations that a molecule is likely to undergo when subjected to mass spectrometry.
• Propose possible structures for an unknown compound based on its mass spectrogram.

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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