After you have completed Chapter 12, you should be able to
- fulfil all of the detailed objectives listed under each individual section.
- solve road-map problems that include mass spectral data, infrared data, or both.
- define, and use in context, the key terms introduced.
The processes of identifying and characterizing organic compounds are of great importance to the working organic chemist. With the use of modern instrumental techniques, these tasks can now be accomplished much more readily than in the past. In this chapter, you will learn about two spectroscopic techniques (mass spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy) that are used to identify organic compounds.