iSpec: A Web-Based Activity for Spectroscopy Teaching

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Abstract

Students' skills in structure elucidation of organic molecules are developed by training them to understand advanced spectroscopic measurements and elucidate structures of small organic molecules from mass spectrometry (MS) and infrared (IR), ultraviolet (UV), and 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic data. The present work puts a specific focus on developing student skills to ensure that the students (i) are aware of the resources involved in obtaining the spectral data and (ii) obtain the skills necessary to handle spectra which have not been processed by experts, to better reflect the use of spectroscopic techniques in their later work life. This is achieved through the web-based spectroscopy activity iSpec, in which the basic idea is that every action costs resources. The cost of a resource is given in the form of resource points (RPs), such that different experimental data can be "purchased" for a number of RPs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume95
Issue1
Pages (from-to)90-103
Number of pages7
ISSN0021-9584
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • IR Spectroscopy
  • Internet/Web-Based Learning
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making
  • Second-Year Undergraduate Chemistry
  • UV-Vis Spectroscopy

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