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Organic Chemistry Introduction: Learn about organic compounds Virtual Lab

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 Introduction: Learn about organic compounds

About this Simulation

What do all living things, and even some non-living things, have in common? They are all built from organic compounds! In the Organic Chemistry Introduction simulation, you will learn what an organic compound is. With your lab assistant Dr. One, you explore how organic compounds are structured, how we name them, and how we represent them in both 2D and 3D.

Test the functional groups

A central concept in Organic Chemistry is functional groups. You will use your acquired knowledge to help your friend, Simon, by determining if a medicine he has received can be trusted. Guided by Dr. One, you will carry out basic chemical tests to verify the functional groups this medicine contains, and learn about some of the ways organic compounds can react.

Make it react

The lab focuses on a high level of interactivity. When working with types of carbon bonds and their angles, you get to build your own 3D carbon molecules on our holotable. In the fume hood, you can make mistakes with the hazardous solutions without consequences, and become comfortable with the equipment we use. Quiz questions on-the-go ensure that you learn the essential points. You can also always look at the Theory pages to extend your knowledge further.

Solving the solutions

At the end of the Organic Chemistry Introduction simulation, you will have to combine the test results and your knowledge to solve the organic chemistry puzzle. Will you be able to identify the right functional groups in Simon’s medicine and make sure he will be okay when taking it?

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Give examples of uses of organic compounds

  • Identify the carbon valence electrons and the hybridization of their orbitals

  • Predict the angles of covalent bonds of carbon atoms in hydrocarbons

  • Apply the nomenclature of simple hydrocarbons

  • Interpret some of the important representations of hydrocarbons

  • Give examples of functional groups of organic compounds and their reactions

Techniques in Lab

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Bromine test for unsaturated hydrocarbons
  • Ceric Ammonium Nitrate test for alcohols and phenols

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