MR1: Foundations of Magnetic Resonance

Module title: Foundations of Magnetic Resonance (MR1)

Module convenor: Dr. Josef Granwehr (Nottingham)

Module aims:

This module aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of magnetic resonance and to demonstrate how the technique may be used as an analytical tool in the physical and molecular sciences.

Learning objectives:

On completion of the module, students should be able to
  • understand the basic concepts of magnetic resonance
  • describe the magnetic interactions which characterize liquid-state NMR spectra
  • predict and explain NMR spectra of small molecules both qualitatively and quantitatively


  1. Introduction
  2. Classical treatment of spins
  3. Excitation and detection of spins
  4. High-resolution NMR in liquids (1H, 13C)
  5. Exchange spectroscopy in one and two dimensions


To obtain the credits for the module, students must submit a coursework paper by 18. November 2011. The problem sheet can be downloaded from the bottom of this page (file "Coursework__MR1_2011.pdf"). You may attempt these problems in groups, but every student must submit his/her own answer sheet. The idea of this exercise is NOT to do a formal assessment at the end of the course, but that you go through the taught material once again by solving some problems. Nonetheless, you should attempt to achieve at least 40% of the total marks.

You can submit the coursework either electronically by scanning in your answer sheet and sending it by e-mail, or to send the answer by post to the following address:

Josef Granwehr
Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG8 2BS
Academic year: 
13/10/2011 - 09:00