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Labster expands into Organic Chemistry II virtual labs

April Ondis
Chemistry
Higher Education
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Labster's four new organic chemistry virtual labs feature advanced laboratory techniques and concepts typically found in Organic Chemistry II courses

1 - Identification of an Organic Compound by Spectroscopy: How fast can you escape?

Take on the challenge of analyzing the spectra of four key analytical techniques — Mass Spectrometry, Infrared Spectroscopy, Proton NMR, and Carbon NMR — to identify the structure of an unknown organic compound.

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This keystone of our spectroscopic simulations is a grouping of the most important spectroscopic techniques in Organic Chemistry. Your student’s mission is to identify the structure of an unknown organic compound in the Identification of an Organic Compound by Spectroscopy virtual lab. To make it more engaging, this chemistry simulation uses the context of an escape room-style learning activity during which students are challenged to analyze the spectra of four key analytical techniques:

  • Mass Spectrometry 

  • Infrared spectroscopy 

  • Proton NMR

  • Carbon NMR

Identification of an Organic Compound by Spectroscopy is an advanced module that assumes students already have an understanding of the content in these foundational spectroscopy simulations also available in Labster’s Organic Chemistry package: 

 

2 - Aromatic Compound Nomenclature: Naming benzene’s derivatives  

Join Dr. One in our chemistry lab to learn how to recognize aromaticity, master IUPAC and non-systematic nomenclature, and classify compounds as aromatic or non-aromatic. Do you have what it takes to become champion of the chemistry Olympics?

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Do your students need help mastering the rules of IUPAC and non-systematic nomenclature? The Aromatic Compound Nomenclature virtual lab uses interactivity and visualizations to engage your students in a useful learning activity that helps them relate the concept of aromaticity with the rules of nomenclature. They will prove their understanding with fun challenges that progressively increase in difficulty.

Your students will:

  • Recognize aromaticity by applying Hückel's Rule

  • Name compounds following the IUPAC and non-systematic nomenclature

  • Compete in the chemistry Olympics to master aromaticity

Related Simulations:

Principles of Molecular Resonance virtual lab 

Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution virtual lab

 

3 - Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution: Mechanisms and resonances 

Step into the virtual classroom to learn the secrets behind the electrophilic aromatic substitution. Explore the mechanism of this reaction, the effects of activating and deactivating groups, and the stability of the different resonance structures. Can you help create the perfect perfume?

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The Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution virtual lab rounds out Labster’s offering of aromaticity simulations, providing practical knowledge applicable to the synthetic processes to complement the theory presented in related simulations. 

Your students will:

  • Understand the mechanism of Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution reaction 

  • Classify substituents of benzene as activating or deactivating and as ortho, meta, and para directing groups

  • Recognize resonance structures to explain the outcome of any Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution

Related Simulations:

Principles of Molecular Resonance virtual lab 

Aromatic Compound Nomenclature virtual lab

 

4 - Synthetic Polymers: Discover their impact on everyday life  

Learn how monomers assemble to form synthetic polymers with different chemical and physical structures. Use the property of synthetic polymers to connect them with everyday applications and discover how they impact our environment.

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The Synthetic Polymers virtual lab supports organic chemistry learning objectives like understanding how synthetic polymers are formed, being able to predict the properties of a synthetic polymer based on its structure, and understanding how the properties of synthetic polymers and natural polymers impact the environment.  

Your students will:

  • Learn how monomers assemble to form synthetic polymers with different chemical and physical structures

  • Discover how adding cross-links affects properties like thermoplasticity and rigidity

  • Connect the properties of synthetic polymers with everyday applications by playing a matching game  

  • Observe how synthetic polymers impact our environment by placing a sandwich bag into a time machine to investigate their longevity

Want to try all of Labster’s Organic Chemistry virtual labs? 

Labster has a unique way to sample its catalog - and unlike other free trials of software, there are no strings attached. Educators are invited to get a 30-day all-access pass to play, review, share, and even assign Labster simulations to their students. Here’s how to start your free trial of Labster