Elimination Reaction: Use cyclohexanol to create polymers Virtual Lab

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.

  • University / College
Watch video
taylors_university
essex_university
ottawa_university
arizona_university

Labster is used by 1000s of amazing schools and universities

Learn more

About This Simulation

Eliminate the leaving group and get double-bonded! In this simulation, you will learn the ins and outs of Elimination Reactions in Organic Chemistry. You will get hands-on experience with some alkyl halides and discover how they go through the E1 and E2 eliminations.

Polymer production going sideways

Meet Kim: a research scientist at a polymer research and production lab. They are having problems with optimizing their elimination reaction that converts cyclohexanol to cyclohexene, and they need your help to understand what’s going on and how to get it right. You will need to understand the core concepts of elimination reactions to be able to help her out!

Eliminating the unknowns

Back in the main lab, you will brush up on your organic chemistry know-how. After understanding Kim's reaction a little better, you will dive into the two main types of elimination reaction: the E1 and E2. You will be able to hands-on manipulate molecules to go through the mechanisms of the two reactions, before being challenged to figure out Zaitsev’s rule through an explorative and interactive exercise. You will also need to assess what reactants are more likely to go through the two reactions. If you get this, you might get the rockstar achievement!

Back on track

To get to the bottom of Kim’s production puzzle, you will have to carefully work out the mechanisms of the two reactions and what determines their reactivity and the products they form. Will you be able to help her solve it, so her research lab can continue producing polymers for the world?

Explore Elimination Reaction: Use cyclohexanol to create polymers Virtual Lab Simulation

ELR 1
ELR 2
ELR 4
ELR 3

How do virtual labs work?

Engage students in science through interactive learning scenarios. Simulate experiments, train lab techniques, and teach theory through visual experiences that enhance long-term learning outcomes.

  • 250+ Web-based simulations that can be played on laptops and tablets without installing any software

  • Teacher dashboard to automate grading and track student progress

  • Embedded quizzes to help students master science content

  • Library of learning resources, lab reports, videos, theory pages, graphics and more

Get started now!
You can explore and assign simulations to your students right away.

  • Access to over 250 Labster simulations for free.
  • Exclusive educator access to all of Labster Course Manager content.
  • 30 days for free, no credit card needed.
  • Invite your students to play simulations and get their feedback.
course manager

Integrate with your LMS

Labster integrates with all major LMS (Learning Management Systems) so that educators can use their gradebooks to track students’ performance data and students can keep a record of their work. Labster is compatible with Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, Google Classroom, Schoology, Sakai, and Brightspace / D2L. It’s also possible to use Labster without an LMS.

Learn more
lms-blackboard-logo
lms-clever-logo
lms-canvas-logo
lms-moodle-logo
lms-google-logo
lms-sakai-logo
lms-brightspace-logo
lms-classlink-logo
lms-schoology-logo