How to succeed in spectroscopy!

Spectroscopy – how do I succeed in this topic?

This article was written by Henry Ja, a current VCE Chemistry tutor. Henry currently is accepting students, so if you’re interested in his services, please go here


Spectroscopy is a topic that many students struggle with however once you understand what is going on and practice by doing questions you will soon get the hang of it.

The best way to learn this topic is to do practice questions whether that be from the textbook or from past exam questions, the more you do the better you will become with this topic.

To help get you started in mastering this topic, I have given you a table which you can use to summarise your notes on spectroscopy. This table will allow you to see the key concepts associated with this topic.

Questions in this topic tend to incorporate all the spectroscopic instruments that you have learnt and tend to be associated with identifying an organic compound.

Now it’s time to practice, have a go at VCAA 2012 Exam 1 Short Answer Question 5

Remember if you are unsure about anything ask for help. It’s better to seek help now than at exam time!

Good luck and happy studying ☺


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How to succeed in spectroscopy!

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