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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Organic Chemistry 5.13 September 6, 2006 Prof. Timothy F. Jamison Assignment and Study Guide for Unit I Methods for the Elucidation of the Structure of Organic Compounds …no single tool has had a more dramatic impact upon organic chemistry than infrared measurements. The development, just after the second Great War, of sturdy and simply operated machines for the determination of infrared spectra has permitted a degree of immediate and continuous analytical and structural control in synthetic organic work which was literally unimaginable fifteen years ago… Physical methods, and the principle that they should be used wherever possible, are now part of our armamentarium, and we may expect no surcease of further developments in this direction. “Nuclear magnetic resonance is even now on the horizon, and we shall be surprised if it does not permit another great step forward.” R. B. Woodward, 1956 (MIT SB ’36, PhD ’37; Nobel Prize (Chemistry) 1965) Reading Assignment
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