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In recent years an important area of inorganic chemistry has opened up and through its study, molecular structure could be partially ascertained. This area is known as magnetic susceptibility measurement. Its particular importance lies in the determination of numbers of unpaired electrons in the structure of coordination compounds derived from the transition metals. The term "magnetic susceptibility" refers to the degree (positive, negative, or zero) to which some particular material is attracted to a magnetic field. This phenomenon depends upon the number of unpaired electrons a given substance has. Knowledge of such numbers of electrons gives useful data when elucidating the structure of a new compound. Measurements of magnetic susceptibility made using an oscillating torsion pendulum will be the focal point for this paper.
Gerger, Mark, "The Measurement of Magnetic Susceptibility by Means of a Torsion Pendulum" (1976). Honors Theses. 267.
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