• Question: what is an NMR?

    Asked by Kaiden and Chloe to Rebecca on 7 Nov 2018.
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      Rebecca Roddan answered on 7 Nov 2018:

      It’s a technique we use to work out the structure of a molecule. It does this by using a large magnet. Different atoms in your molecule will interact with the magnet differently and we use this property to work out what sort of environment each atom is in, then overall combine this for all the atoms in the molecule to work out the overall structure.

      It’s hard for me to explain – it’s something you’ll learn more about at A-Level :). If you are still confused or want to know more, ask another question and I’ll find a link to a website that explains it clearly (as you’ll need lots of diagrams!)