Organic Chemistry Reactivity Rules: Time to react!

Organic Chemistry Reactivity Rules
Time to complete course: 49 min.

Try our lab safety simulation

Discover one of 200+ learning simulations available today

About Organic Chemistry Reactivity Rules: Time to react! Virtual Lab Simulation

Did you know that as you’re reading this text, you are interacting with at least one organic compound? Organic compounds are everywhere, and the field dedicated to exploring their structure, properties and reactions is called organic chemistry. In this simulation, you will explore the core principles of organic chemistry reactions to understand the fundamentals of reactivity.

How do electrons determine the reactivity of molecules?

Bonds: organic compounds are made of the number of atoms connected by chemical bonds. In your first mission, you will find the connection between electronegativity, polarity, and electron density. You will see how these concepts determine the reactivity of the molecule via the electron distribution in the molecule. 

How do organic compounds react?

You may already know by heart the outcome of some chemical reactions, but here we dive into the what’s and why’s. You will be shown an uneven distribution of electrons within an organic compound, and tasked to identify the relevant nucleophile, electrophile, and leaving group. Once you’ve got the hang of this, you’ll be well on your way to determine the outcome of many chemistry reactions! This simulation will help you to understand the fundamentals of how organic compounds react, instead of simply showing you what the reaction produces. 

How many types of reactions are there in organic chemistry?

At this point, you have already learned the step-by-step mechanism of an organic chemistry reaction and determined the product of the reaction. You will engage with an assortment of chemical reactions, namely additions, substitutions, and eliminations. The next time you encounter organic compounds, will you able to predict how they will react?

Get Started Now

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

Techniques in Lab

Learning Objectives

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

  • Estimate the relative electron density of atoms in an organic molecule based on electronegativity and the polarization of bonds
  • Describe what a nucleophile, electrophile and leaving group are
  • Learn to recognize electrophile, nucleophile, and leaving groups of a reaction
  • Understand what is a reaction mechanism: lone pairs, bonds and curly arrows
  • Understand the names and roles of the different parts of a reaction
  • Explain the differences between the three fundamental types of reactions: addition, elimination and substitution.
  • Describe the typical reactivity of the main functional groups

Simulation Features

Length – 49 minutes
Languages – English

Examples of Related Standards


Chemistry related 1st year onwards




10.1 Fundamentals of organic chemistry
10.2 Functional group chemistry
20.1 Types of organic reactions


Unit 4. Chemical Reactions

Screenshots of Organic Chemistry Reactivity Rules: Time to react! Virtual Lab Simulation


How it works

A million dollar lab in your browser

Perform experiments in virtual lab simulations to achieve core science learning outcomes. 

All our simulations run on laptop and desktop computers, and you can play our simulations without having to install any browser plugins.

See detailed minimum requirements here.

Hundreds of hours of science learning content

Our virtual laboratory simulations are aimed at university, college and high school level, within fields such as biology, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, chemistry, physics and more.

With access to our simulations, you will have hundreds of hours of engaging, high-quality learning content available to you.

Discover more Virtual Lab Simulations

We currently have 218 simulations that cover everything from biology and medicine to physics and chemistry.

Learn how you can use Labster in your science course

Take a 15 Minute “Lab Break” with a Virtual Lab Expert

Talk to one of our Virtual Lab Experts about how Labster can engage your students with our virtual labs for online, hybrid and face-to-face courses.

Lab break coffee with us

Please fill out the form below to talk with one of our Lab Experts. 

You must opt in to receive emails from Labster. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Thank you for your submission!

Sales Demo: Discover how Labster
improves student grades and learning outcomes!

Limited to 100 people

The simulation is already added to this package

Step 1: Choose your simulations

Find and select the simulations that you want to add to your course.

Step 2: Review simulation list

This is the list of simulations that will be added to your course. Click Download once you are ready.

Press the + button next to the simulations that you want to add to your list, or add all the simulations of this package by pressing “add all simulations”.


Related Simulations

No simulations added yet.
    Download the .zip file and upload it to your LMS.

    Download Common Cartridge File

    Choose your Learning Management System below:
    Generating download link. Please wait...
    Congratulations! You can now upload the .zip file into your LMS by the following these instructions:

    Simulation name

    Image container

    Learning Outcomes

    Learning outcomes container


    Techniques container

    Simulation Description

    Description container

    Are you sure you want to delete?

    Package deleted successfully

    IMPORTANT: Check the original email with instructions from your instructor to verify how you should gain access.

    Link Access

    Did you receive a link/URL to access Labster from your teacher? This is for either “Labster Direct” or “Quick Access”, and no login is required. See info below.

    School LMS

    Are you accessing Labster from your school’s LMS, such as Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle or Brightspace? Click below to read more.
    IMPORTANT: Please check your original email to confirm the correct access option.

    Labster Direct / Quick Access

    Did you receive a link/URL to access simulations through the Labster Direct or Quick Access pages? If so, no login is required. See info below.

    Your LMS

    Are you accessing Labster from your school’s LMS, such as Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle or Brightspace? Click below to read more.

    Faculty Resources

    To access the Faculty Resources page (instructors only) and review Labster simulations, please log in below.