Studies in FT-IR©
Scott Van Bramer
Department of Chemistry
Widener University
Chester, PA 19013
United States
mail to: svanbram@science.widener.edu



Abstract
This is a collection of six documents that can be used to teach and learn the basic concepts of FT-IR. The first document, ft_notes.mcd, provides an introduction to FT. It displays the mathematics in such a way that it can be used as a lecture handout or interactive student activity. With ft_01_6.mcd students are introduced to the parameters that affect resolution and spectral width. Document ft_02_06.mcd shows how two frequency components add to give a beat pattern. The emphasis in ft_03_6.mcd is on how cosine and sine waves describe the frequency and phase of a signal. In ft_04_6.mcd students can examine the effect of an exponential decay in the time domain and frequency domain. The entire series of documents is summarized in ft_05_6.mcd. This last document contains large fonts and no explanatory text. It is designed for use in class lectures. A description of the documents can be found in "Using Mathcad to Teach Instrumental Techniques" J.Chem. Educ. 75, 1998, pp 375-378. The documents described here all require Mathcad 6.0 or higher. A single document containing the concepts in the five given here was published by the Journal of Chemical Education, J. Chem. Educ. 76, 1999, p286
Keywords
Audiences: Upper-Division Undergraduate
Pedagogies: Computer-Based Learning
Domains: Physical Chemistry, Laboratory Instruction, Analytical Chemistry
Topics: Mathematics / Symbolic Mathematics, Fourier Transform Techniques, IR Spectroscopy, Instrumental Methods, Spectroscopy
Documents
File NameDescriptionSoftware TypeSoftware Version
ft_notes.mcd Computational Document Mathcad 6
ft_01_6.mcd Computational Document Mathcad 6
ft_02_6.mcd Computational Document Mathcad 6
ft_03_6.mcd Computational Document Mathcad 6
ft_04_6.mcd Computational Document Mathcad 6
ft_05_6.mcd Computational Document Mathcad 6
ft_notes.pdf Read-Only Document
ft_01.pdf Read-Only Document
ft_02.pdf Read-Only Document
ft_03.pdf Read-Only Document
ft_04.pdf Read-Only Document
ft_05.pdf Read-Only Document
Comments to: Scott Van Bramer at svanbram@science.widener.edu.
©Copyright Scott Van Bramer 1997. All rights reserved. You are welcome to use this document in your own classes but commercial use is not allowed without the permission of the author.