It is shown how amplitude-modulated radio-frequency pulses optimized for selective inversion of magnetization can be applied to static powder samples with inhomogeneously broadened spectra. Selective one-dimensional methods can in principle provide information similar to two-dimensional exchange spectroscopy, and they are often more efficient for detg. the rates of dynamic processes. However, in systems where transverse magnetization is subject to significant homogeneous decay during the rf pulses, selective one-dimensional methods do not necessarily offer the expected advantages over two-dimensional spectroscopy. [on SciFinder (R)]