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Experimental and Theoretical Investigations on Optical Rotatory Power


Wood, William Wayne (1951) Experimental and Theoretical Investigations on Optical Rotatory Power. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


The optical rotatory power of a fluid system of molecules is calculated. The result is the same as obtained by previous investigators using similar but less satisfactory arguments. Various means of calculating the optical activity of a substance are discussed, one previously used by Kirkwood being employed to discuss theoretically the absolute configurations of trans-2,3-epoxybutane, 1,2-dichloropropane and 1,2-dibromopropane. An experimental investigation of the molecular structure of 1,2-dichloropopane by electron diffraction methods is described.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Chemistry
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemistry
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Kirkwood, John Gamble (advisor)
  • Schomaker, Verner (co-advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1951
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:10102017-145355975
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:10501
Deposited By: Benjamin Perez
Deposited On:11 Oct 2017 16:08
Last Modified:11 Oct 2017 16:08

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