About Virtual Labs for Organic Chemistry

Explore the composition, reactivity and properties of carbon-containing compounds in our organic chemistry simulations. Study the main functional groups in organic chemistry and different reaction mechanisms. Discover how hydrocarbon molecular structures affect reactivity and learn essential lab techniques in organic chemistry.

Organic Chemistry Simulations

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Chemistry

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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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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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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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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Fractional Distillation: Separate a liquid mixture into its fractions

Learn how to separate a mixture of liquids into its pure components through fractional distillation. Partner with our lab assistant Dr. One to learn how to use a fractionating column and set up a successful distillation!

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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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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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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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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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Ion Exchange Chromatography

Learn about the function and principles of ion exchange chromatography and get hands-on experience by purifying a protein involved in Parkinson’s disease to help study the relation between the protein and the disease.

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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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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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Mass Spectrometry: The race of the fastest fragment

Dive into a virtual laboratory to discover the secrets of mass spectrometry. From the structure of the instrument to the interpretation of different spectra, no fragmentation pattern will remain a mystery to you!

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Melting Point Analysis: Pure or impure?

Learn the techniques and application of melting point analysis and substance purity graphs. Explore the application of the technique in organic syntheses when determining the purity of a solid organic compound.

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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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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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Principles of Molecular Resonance: Electrons like to travel

Learn the theory behind one of the key phenomena in organic chemistry known as molecular resonance. Observe how the electrons in a molecule can delocalize in the structure and relate molecular resonance to systems with conjugated double bonds.

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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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Reactions and Structure: Alkanes, alkyl halides, and organometallics

Host a barbecue with friends and learn about the structures and reactions of some major organic compounds: alkanes, alkyl halides, and organometallics.

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Reactions and Structure: Alkenes

From explosions to color changes, discover some of the amazing ways alkenes act as the starting point of countless reactions in organic chemistry. Learn about the structural characteristics and classification of alkenes as you observe how they transform major organic compounds.

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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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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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Biology

Spectrophotometers: Building and exploring the instrument

Build your own spectrophotometer to discover how you can measure substances with light

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Spectrophotometry: Learn the Beer-Lambert law with absorbance experiments

Build your own spectrophotometer to measure the absorbance of a reaction product on Mars!

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Stereochemistry: from stereocenters to E/Z isomers

Dive into stereochemistry and discover how to rotate, break and rearrange molecules using interactive 3D models. Expand your knowledge on isomers and prioritization, strengthening your scientific skills before jumping into organic chemistry.

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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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Synthesis of Aspirin: How to fight students’ migraines

Hone your synthetic skills in organic chemistry by going through a reaction that involves crystallization, filtration, calculation of the yield and a quality analysis using the melting point: the synthesis of aspirin.

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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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Thin Layer Chromatography: Separate a mixture and monitor a reaction's progress

Discover the intermolecular interactions involved in Thin Layer Chromatography. Utilize this newfound knowledge to assemble, run, and analyze a TLC experiment to monitor the progress of a reaction.

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