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Learn the fundamentals of general, organic and biological chemistry in our lab simulations for general, organic and biological chemistry. Study the chemistry behind biological macromolecules, techniques in biochemistry and their relevance to human health.

General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I Simulations

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Chemistry

Acids and Bases: Acidity and Alkalinity in Everyday Substances

Join Marie in the Acids and Bases Simulation and explore the nature and concepts of these important chemical compounds. Measure the pH of chemical solutions, and use your acquired knowledge to evaluate mixtures of acids and base.

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Advanced Acids and Bases

Join us in in the exploration of acids and bases and learn all the advanced terms used in chemistry.

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Aseptic Technique: Culture your sample without contamination

Help a microbiologist prepare a pure culture that can be used to identify a microbe causing an infection! Use good aseptic technique to avoid contamination of the sample, ensure your own safety, and avoid surprise fires in the lab.

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Atomic Structure: Assess the possibility of life on other planets

Learn about the atomic structure of the elements and investigate the properties of element samples from an exoplanet to assess whether life on it is a possibility. Find out what differentiates an atom from an ion and define the isotopes of an element.

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Basic Chemistry Thermodynamics: Solve the challenge of storing renewable energy

Learn the core concepts of thermodynamics and apply the technique of bomb calorimetry to help solve the challenge of storing renewable energy.

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Benedict’s Test for Simple Carbohydrates

Have you ever wondered what a simple sugar is? Discover the structure of simple carbohydrates and how you can test for the presence of simple sugars in food samples.

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Biuret’s Test for Proteins

Have you ever wondered what protein is? Discover the structure of protein and how you can test for the presence of protein in food samples.

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Carbohydrates: The sugars that feed us

The Carbohydrates Lab explores how carbohydrates are broken down by the digestive system and taken up into the bloodstream.

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Carbon NMR: What is the mystery compound?

Help Yummy Food Inc survive the shut down of their food factory! Learn about the principles of the analytical technique carbon-13 NMR and interpret the spectrum of the mysterious unlabelled compound they have used in their food and drink.

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Carbon Valence, Hybridization and Angles

Join Dr. One on a mission to figure out how the orbitals of carbon’s valence electrons hybridize, and how this greatly influences the bonds that carbon is able to form.

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Cellular Respiration: Measuring energy consumption during exercise

Help basketball players understand how the food they eat gets converted to energy through glycolysis, the Krebs cycle and the electron transport chain. Use a mouse model to experiment on the effect of exercise intensity on oxygen and glucose consumption.

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Chemical Nomenclature: Learn the importance of inorganic compounds in life!

Become an alchemist for the day! Conjure up the names of inorganic compounds and learn their applications. Can you unlock all 16 transmute structures?

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Chemistry Safety: Dispose of chemical waste

Join the lab assistant Marie in clearing up the fume hood after some students left a mess in the lab. Learn how to use your knowledge of the chemicals required for an experiment and apply it to safely dispose of the chemical waste.

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Chemistry Safety: Hazard symbols

Join lab assistant Marie to find out how to decide on the correct laboratory practice and personal protective equipment when dealing with hazardous chemicals. Learn the meaning of the hazard symbols and apply your knowledge with some example chemicals.

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Biology

Electron Transport Chain: A rollercoaster ride that produces energy

Help a group of engineers figure out if a mysterious dark alga is able to do photosynthesis using green light and measure this process with the Hill reaction. If it is, your work will help create a sustainable plan that will use sunlight and pollution sources for biofuel production.

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Electrophilic Addition: Explore reactions of hydrocarbons

Travel to Titan on a reactivity reconnaissance mission and explore this hydrocarbon world. Can you use your knowledge of the electrophilic addition reaction to identify hydrocarbons that you could use to build an extra-terrestrial colony on Titan?

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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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Elimination Reaction: Use cyclohexanol to create polymers

Join Kim in the Polymer Research Lab to solve the puzzle of unexpected side product formation in their optimized cyclohexanol elimination reaction. Use and expand your organic chemistry knowledge to do this and get the polymer production back on track.

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Enzyme Kinetics

Investigate Alcohol Flush Syndrome by studying Alcohol Dehydrogenase kinetics. Learn how to use a spectrophotometer, perform an enzyme kinetics experiment, analyze data and understand different inhibition mechanisms.

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Equilibrium

Learn about equlibrium and help a famous scientist to prevent a global famine by applying your knowledge to increase the yields of fertilizer for the crops.

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Exploring a Distillation Apparatus

Get ready to dive deep into the process of distillation, by inspecting a simple benchtop distillation system and exploring all its parts on your own. Will you be able to relate the part of the distillation apparatus to their functions?

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Fluorescence Microscopy

Enter the virtual microscope room to see inside a tissue sample. Learn how a fluorescence microscope can create a high contrast image and answer biological questions.

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Formulas and Equation Balancing: Save the chemistry lab!

Discover the importance of chemical reaction equations and learn how to balance them. Use your balancing skills to get to the research facility control room before an incoming comet strikes!

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Functional Groups and Basic Chemical Tests

Join Dr. One on a mission to discover what is in the mysterious painkillers that your friend Simon has gotten hold of. You will identify which functional groups this chemical compound should contain and perform chemical tests to verify their existence.

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Gel Electrophoresis: Visualize and separate nucleic acids

Solve a crime by using DNA fingerprinting to identify a thief. Use nucleic acid gel electrophoresis to separate and visualize DNA molecules and watch an animation to understand what happens inside the gel tank.

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Heating Curves and Phase Changes: Distil Ethanol

Learn how to generate and interpret the heating curves of ethanol and water. Discover how to relate heating curve data to the recorded observations of the substance on heating and determine the physical properties from the generated curve.

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Hydrocarbon Nomenclature and Representations

Join Dr. One on a mission to figure out how to systematically name hydrocarbons and interpret and use the various core formula types for organic compounds.

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Ideal Gas Law: Build your own temperature scale

Use the Gas Thermometry technique to validate the Ideal Gas Law. Observe the behavior of an ideal gas and create your own temperature scale, while handling extreme temperatures with the help of your assistant.

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Infrared Spectroscopy

Dive into a virtual laboratory to discover the secrets of infrared spectroscopy. From the introduction of different vibrational modes to the interpretation of real-life spectra, mastering this technique will be child’s play.

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Introduction to Groups of the Periodic Table

Help Dr. One get the periodic table ready in time! By directly observing the elements’ characteristics, and investigating trends in atomic properties, your mission is to figure out where a number of fallen out elements belong.

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Introduction to Qualitative Analysis of Elements

Help Dr. One get the periodic table ready in time! By directly observing the elements’ characteristics and testing their flame color, your mission is to figure out where a number of fallen out elements belong in the periodic table.

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Iodine Test for Complex Carbohydrates

Have you ever wondered what starch is? Discover the structure of complex carbohydrates and how you can test for the presence of complex carbohydrates in food samples.

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Ionic and Covalent Bonds

Join your friend on a quest to analyze two mysterious substances he got from an alchemist to cure his migraine and learn how atoms connect.

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Light Microscopy

Enter the virtual microscope room to see inside a tissue sample. Learn how a light microscope can magnify an image and answer biological questions.

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Liquid-liquid Extraction: Extract caffeine from your everyday drinks

Learn how to use a separating funnel to extract and dry a water soluble compound, such as caffeine from tea or coffee. Can you also predict the liquid phases in which the compound can be found?

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Litmus Test for Carboxylic Acids

Perform the litmus test on six organic compounds found in nature. Interpret the results to identify which organic compounds are carboxylic acids.

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Matter and Phase Changes: Distil ethanol

Rescue a town from a fuel crisis by using your knowledge about matter and phase changes principles and performing ethanol distillation.

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Nuclear Chemistry: Understand the processes happening in the atomic nucleus

Have you ever wondered what’s inside the atomic nucleus? Why are some elements radioactive? What is radioactivity? The Nuclear Chemistry simulation will teach you the answer to these questions, and many more!

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Nucleophilic Addition: Explore the Grignard Reaction

Assist scientists on a drug discovery project and learn how to use nucleophilic addition to transform organic molecules into life-saving drugs! Will you be able to synthesize a new pharmaceutical product using the Grignard reaction?

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Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction: Alkyl halides substrates

Solve a craft beer conundrum using your substitution smarts to design reactions for a unique range of flavor molecules! Will you help draw in a hip crowd with the new beverage flavors you create in the brew lab?

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Organic Chemistry Introduction: Learn about organic compounds

Learn about the structure, nomenclature and a few reactions of organic compounds, and use this knowledge to help out your virtual friend Simon with some strange medicine!

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Organic Chemistry Reactivity Rules: Time to react!

Determine the outcome of a chemical reaction between two organic compounds by mastering the fundamental rules of reactions in organic chemistry.

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Biology

Osmosis and Diffusion: Choose the right solution for an intravenous drip

Help save Frank’s life by choosing the correct saline solution for an intravenous drip. Join Dr. One in the lab to discover what a hypotonic, isotonic and hypertonic solution is and how water is transported across the cell membrane in osmosis.

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Periodic Table of Elements: Get the table organized in time!

Help Dr. One get the periodic table ready in time! By directly observing the elements’ characteristics, testing their flame color, and investigating trends in atomic properties, your mission is to figure out where a number of fallen out elements belong.

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Phthalein-Dye Test for Phenols

Discover the rainbow inside phenolphthalein and how to unlock its colors through changing the pH. Take a deep dive to the molecular level to learn why chemicals are the color they are and put this all to use in the phthalein-dye test for phenols.

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Protein Synthesis

Explore the structure of proteins and learn about the synthesis process inside the cells. Examine the protein sequence to understand the differences of protein synthesis in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

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Proton NMR: Spectra interpretation

Join Sam in the Labster lab where you will use proton NMR spectroscopy to elucidate the structure of an unknown organic compound. You will work with the fundamental concepts and functional groups needed to get started using this powerful technique.

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Purification and Separation of a Mixture: Test your analytical chemistry skills

In this simulation, you will learn how to use a range of techniques to separate compounds from a mixture. Using their individual properties, develop and execute an experimental procedure to separate out each compound.

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Reaction Kinetics: The essentials

Join Dr. One at our extraterrestrial lab facility, where we’re struggling to get enough propulsion for our transporter. We need you to figure out the kinetics and optimize the chemical reaction of the fuel we’re using, so we can continue with our experiments.

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Recrystallization: Dissolve your solid and precipitate your crystals

Slip on your thermal resistant gloves, and let's get started! In this simulation, you’ll discover how to purify a solid by using the recrystallization technique.

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Recrystallization: Filter your crystals and measure the melting point

How can we separate liquids from solids? How can we determine the purity of that solid? In this simulation you will learn how to use the suction filtration and melting point techniques that will allow you to answer both questions.

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Recrystallization: Purify your solid

Have you ever wondered how to remove impurities from a solid? How can you be sure you’ve removed them if you do? Step into our recrystallization lab to learn how to purify a solid and check for its purity level!

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Redox Reactions: Discover how batteries work!

Build your own battery to power an electric car! Discover the chemical reactions that power batteries by finding oxidation numbers, balancing redox reactions, and experimenting with redox reactions in the lab.

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SDS-PAGE: Separating proteins by molecular weight

Investigate each step of SDS-PAGE from gel selection and sample preparation to chamber assembly and what really happens when the current turns on, to separate proteins solely by molecular weight, bringing us one step closer to identifying the protein.

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Separating Mixtures: Using distillation to concentrate ethanol

Rescue a town from a fuel crisis by using your knowledge about matter and phase changes principles and performing ethanol distillation.

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Simple Distillation: Recycle waste from biodiesel production

Use the technique of simple distillation to help your colony on Mars purify the waste generated by the production of biodiesel from algae (water, glycerol, and methanol).

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General Science

Size Exclusion Chromatography: Separate monomers from oligomers

Use size exclusion chromatography (SEC) to prepare a sample of a protein involved in Parkinson’s disease! Discover how this technique can be beneficial in your lab experiments and create a hypothesis about the elution time of different-sized particles!

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Solution Preparation: From salt to solution

Join your fantastic lab guide Dr. One in preparing a tricky aqueous solution of ammonium chloride using an analytical balance, which your colleagues need for an important analysis.

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Spanish version - Chemical Nomenclature: Learn the importance of inorganic compounds in life!

Become an alchemist for the day! Conjure up the names of inorganic compounds and learn their applications. Can you unlock all 16 transmute structures?

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States of Matter

Dive into water at the molecular level to learn about the behavior of the molecules in the three different states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Learn about the bonding interactions between the molecules during different phase transitions.

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General Science

Stoichiometric Calculations: Identify a compound using gravimetric analysis

Learn about Avogadro’s number and the relationship between moles, mass and molecular weight as you use the technique of gravimetric analysis to identify an unknown compound.

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Stoichiometry: Avogadro’s number and molecular calculations

Define and calculate key molecular parameters based on Avogadro’s Law and learn about the relationship between mass, molecular weight, and numbers of atoms or molecules!

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Stoichiometry: Gravimetric Analysis

Perform gravimetric analysis to identify an unknown chemical in Labster laboratory!

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Substitution vs. Elimination Reactions: Predict the outcome

Join Dr. One in the lab to investigate how several types of substitutions and eliminations are competing with each other in organic chemistry. Predict, mix and observe the outcome!

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Sudan IV Test for Lipids

Have you ever wondered what fat is? Discover the structure of lipids and how you can test for the presence of lipids in food samples.

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