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Symmetry of cyclohexane

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Tags: cyclohexane, point group, symmetry, vibrations
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Dec12-10, 11:40 AM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Determine the point group of the chair conformer of cyclohexane. How many Raman active vibrations and how many infra-red active vibrations might you expect to detect in its spectrum?

2. Relevant equations

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3. The attempt at a solution

Im rubbish with LaTex so ive hosted a picture of what ive done in word. Ive determined the point group to be D3h but when I use the equation to get the values for the different vibrations, I get a total of 24 when it should be 18 because I started with 18 vectors (3 on each carbon). Im not sure where im going wrong. Thanks.
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Dec13-10, 04:43 AM
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