In This Chapter
Discovering the power of NMR spectroscopy
Understanding chemical equivalency and symmetry
Examining an NMR spectrum
Combining integration and coupling
Seeing 13C NMR
Imagining modern organic chemistry without the aid of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a lot like imagining modern life without the aid of cellphones or toilet paper: virtually unthinkable. That’s because if one of the chief purposes of organic chemistry is to figure out ways to make carbon-containing stuff, then that process becomes a lot easier if you can determine what it is that you’ve made. And that’s what NMR is for — it can help you to determine the precise molecular structure of whatever organic stuff you’re interested in looking at. This stuff may include the products of reactions, an interesting metabolite that you’ve just isolated from rabbit muscle, a deadly neurotoxin that you’ve extracted from a marine ...