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Virtual Chemistry and Simulations

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Chemistry moves from in-person lab and the classroom to the computer, as working in a virtual chemistry laboratory and viewing simulations provide additional ways of learning chemistry.

  • AACT: Simulations
    This page is a collection of all the simulations created by the American Association of Chemistry Teachers. Several new simulations are added each year. Every simulation is open for teachers and students to access.
  • ACS Middle School Chemistry: Remote Learning Assignments
    Each assignment contains videos, images, and questions keyed to the ACS Middle School curriculum. Users can copy any of the Google Forms to their Google Drive to edit and use.
  • PhET Interactive Simulations
    PhET, based at the University of Colorado at Boulder, offers over four dozen chemistry-based simulations, many translated into different languages. Search by subject and grade level.
  • MERLOT Materials: Chemistry Simulations
    The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) at the California State University has collected descriptions and links to a huge number of chemistry simulations, with peer review ratings and comments, and information on appropriate grade levels.
  • ChemCollective
    The ChemCollective, organized by a group from Carnegie Mellon, shares virtual labs, simulations, and molecular level visualizations for chemistry (See “Resources by type” in site’s sidebar.)
  • Mixed Reception
    This ChemCollective activity could be described as a murder mystery for chemistry students. “Interview” suspects by viewing videos, investigate the crime scene using images, and analyze evidence from the crime lab.
  • Aspirin Screen Experiment
    Explore the chemistry of aspirin virtually with four levels of experiments, including synthesis, thin layer chromatography, and reaction conditions.
  • CK–12 Chemistry Simulations
    Nearly two dozen simulations cover topics like average atomic mass, solubility with rock candy, and freezing point depression with road salt.

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  • Titration Screen Experiment
    Give students titration practice virtually.
  • goREACT
    This drag-and-drop periodic table environment from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry lets you experiment with different element combinations.
  • Molecular Workbench
    Browse “showcase” chemistry simulations, with many more available in the library. It also has tools for teachers and students to create their own.
  • ChemReaX
    Users can model and simulate chemical reactions, focusing on thermodynamics, equilibrium, kinetics, and acid­–base titrations, with accompanying virtual lab exercises. It is designed for high school (AP/IB) and undergraduate students and teachers.
  • General/Introductory Chemistry: Simulations
    This page, maintained by chemistry professor William Vining, has simulations that cover a wide range of chemistry concepts.
  • Virtual Chemistry Experiments
    Professor David N. Blauch of Davidson College presents several interactive experiment simulations on topics such as equilibrium, kinetics, crystal structure, phase changes, gases, and more.
  • Simulations for Chemistry
    Professor Gary L. Bertrand’s (University of Missouri–Rolla) page offers many simulated experiments, such as “The Case of the Five Droppers,” a virtual presentation of five reagents being combined in different ways.

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(all sites accessed August 2020)