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This module examines three important areas of spectroscopy and analytical chemistry.
(i) Analytical Chemistry. Material covered includes an introduction to analytical chemistry and the process of analysis, common measuring techniques and the means by which data is statistically analysed, chemical separations - chromatography.
(ii) Spectroscopic methods for structure determination. Material covered includes an introduction to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy; infra red (IR) spectroscopy - basic theory, the identification of functional groups, mass spectrometry (MS) - basic principles and instrumentation, and an introduction to UV-vis spectroscopy.
(iii) Introduction to the Russell-Saunders coupling scheme for electrons on elements with low atomic mass. Use of selection rules in the electric-dipole approximation to predict optical transitions.