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What is it meant by characteristic IR?

  1. Apr 10, 2012 #1
    Any ideas? Thanks so much!!
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  3. Apr 11, 2012 #2


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    It means that the IR spectrum is so unique that it is characteristic of ...
  4. Apr 11, 2012 #3
    Yes but IF I'm just told that a certain organic compound doesnt have any characteristic IR what does that mean?.
  5. Apr 12, 2012 #4
    This probably means that there isn't an IR absorption band unique to the molecule indicative of a functional group with "characteristic" IR bands in the spectrum. This is in the role as the analyte.
    In the role of an IR solvent it would indicate no absorption bands exist that interfere with its use to see the desired characteristic IR bands for ID'ing compounds dissolved in it.
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