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Lec 23 : Review of basic concepts in Molecular Spectroscopy
1.1: Introduction to Molecular Spectroscopy
Molecular spectroscopy relates to the interactions that occur between molecules and electromagnetic radiation. Electromagnetic radiation is a form of radiation in which the electric and magnetic fields simultaneously vary. One well known example of electromagnetic radiation is visible light. Electromagnetic radiation can be characterized by its energy, intensity, frequency and wavelength. The fundamental discoveries of Max Planck, who explained the emission of light by a blackbody radiator, and Albert Einstein, who explained the observations in the photoelectric effect, led to the realization that the energy of electromagnetic radiation is proportional to its frequency. Therefore the energy of electromagnetic radiation is inversely proportional to the wavelength. Long wavelength electromagnetic radiation will have low energy.
The main aim of this unique book is to introduce the student to spectroscopy in a clear manner which avoids, as far as possible, the mathematical aspects of the subject. It is thus intended for first or second year undergraduates, particularly those with minimal mathematics qualifications. After explaining the theory behind spectroscopy, the book then goes on to look at the different techniques, such as rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopy. It encompasses both high resolution structural and low resolution analytical spectroscopy, demonstrating their close interrelationship. The many worked problems make this book particularly appealing for independent study. Ideal for the needs of undergraduate chemistry students, Tutorial Chemistry Texts is a major new series consisting of short, single topic or modular texts concentrating on the fundamental areas of chemistry taught in undergraduate science courses.
The book is comprised of five chapters that provide an introduction to molecular spectroscopy through programs written in BASIC. The coverage of the text includes rotational spectra, vibrational spectra, and Raman and electronic spectra. The book will be of great use to students who are currently taking a course in molecular spectroscopy. We are always looking for ways to improve customer experience on Elsevier. We would like to ask you for a moment of your time to fill in a short questionnaire, at the end of your visit.
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