P517: Visual approach to NMR principles in undergraduate chemical education
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is a topic that is typically introduced in the undergraduate organic chemistry course, although there have been recent national efforts to incorporate NMR throughout the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. Ideas presented at the 2009 cWCS NMR Workshop at the University of Georgia helped spur my interest in providing a more visual approach to NMR instruction as well as the development of a two day symposium called “NMR Boot camp for NMR Educators” in May 2011. The basics of “spin physics” and the manipulation of bulk magnetization through the use of various pulse sequences are often considered abstract from an undergraduate’s point of view. The use of visual demonstrations, online tutorials, and hands-on activities, has helped us to better explain NMR concepts to our undergraduates. Several of these visual approaches will be discussed and demonstrated so that you too can augment the instruction of NMR principles at your institution.