The NMR Center


All of a sudden, in the first semester of organic chemistry, you go from chapters that look like this…








to a chapter that looks like this…
















And this change to NMR throws off a lot of people. Some adjust well, but a quick scan of online forums shows many think NMR spectroscopy is the hardest topic in all of organic chemistry.


So we thought “if NMR is one of the hardest topic in organic chemistry, how can we simplify it so it’s more understandable?”


The Orgo Made Simple team and I poured over many a textbook, and found 2 major problems with the way NMR is taught. Our goal in creating the NMR Practice Center was to solve both problems:


Problem #1: NMR is taught too ambiguously. You’re taught the basics and left to figure the rest out. It’s often taught that NMR problems are like a puzzle…

Solution #1: …but even solving a puzzle requires some strategy. We teach that strategy, along with the basics of NMR, so you have a solidified plan entering each problem.


Problem #2: NMR practice problems are few and far between. In one major textbook, there are only 13 practice NMR spectra at the end of the NMR chapter. Yes, you read that right. Only 13. That’s just not enough.

Solution #2: We give you NMR problems—lots of problems. 34 to be exact, broken down by functional group. Consistent with our Orgo Made Simple promise, each problem indicates the corresponding peaks on the spectrum for each hydrogen atom, so you’re never left wondering.



With Orgo Made Simple, you always have a puzzle buddy. Let us find the corners and edges, so you can fill in the middle pieces (apologies for that…).




NMR Example Spectrum

Take a trial run with one of our NMR spectra.





What material is in the NMR Center?

(1) The NMR Guide of 1H NMR is broken into 2 main sections: The fundamentals of 1H NMR and Solving 1H NMR problems. What’s really unique about the OMS NMR Center is we teach a step-by-step method to solving 1H NMR problems, so you’re no longer expected to put together the molecular structure by “just figuring it out.”

(2) We also have 34 practice problems, broken up by functional group (alkanes, haloalkanes, alcohols, ethers, alkenes, alkynes, aldehydes, ketones, benzene, carboxylic acids, and derivatives).

Which functional groups do you have NMR problems for?
Alkanes, haloalkanes, alcohols, ethers, alkenes, alkynes, aldehydes, ketones, benzene, carboxylic acids and derivatives. Yeah, we’ve got you covered.
How can you teach a method for reliably solving NMR?
 Most professors and textbook teach the fundamentals of NMR and then expect the student to use these fundamentals alone to solve the NMR problems. We also teach the fundamentals, but we then have a full section on solving NMR problems where we give a step-by-step method that acts as a guide while you try to find the answer.
Is 13C NMR taught?
 No, our material does not cover 13C NMR. We instead focus on the much more common 1H NMR as it is more frequently tested in introductory organic chemistry.