In This Chapter
Seeing how mass spectrometry works
Breaking down a mass spectrum
Predicting fragments formed in the mass spectrometer
Examining isotope effects
Working problems with mass spec
Imagine trying to determine how a watch is put together by whacking it with a mallet and examining all the little pieces. KAPLOW! A spring here, a cog there. This process may not be the most elegant examination — and it probably won’t please your friend whose watch you “borrowed” — but it will give you some information about the different parts that made up that watch. Such an examination probably wouldn’t give you enough information to determine exactly how the watch fit together, but you would certainly be more informed about what was inside the watch after your experiment than you were before.
Furthermore, certain brands of watches would likely break apart in different ways. If you smashed a particular brand of watch, say Watch Brand A, you may ...