 
Studies in FTIR©  
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 FTIR. 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 375378. 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  
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©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.  