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Virtual Lab Simulation

The Virtual Laboratory allows students to select from hundreds of standard reagents and manipulate them in a manner that resembles that of a real lab. It allows students to design and perform diverse experiments in acid-base chemistry, thermochemistry, solubility, and redox chemistry.

Download the Virtual Lab Simulation


    • [2MB] Virtual Lab Version 1.6.4 without Java Plug-in
      Note you may need to install the Java J2SE JRE for this application to run.
    • [51MB] Virtual Lab International Version 1.6.4 with Java.
    • Installation:
      - Unzip the contents of to a directory on your hard drive. (For example: c:\program files\vlab\.) Note that extracting files from a zipped archive requires a separate program, such as Winzip.
      - In the directory into which you unzipped the virtual lab, double click the file Vlab.exe.

      Note for international users: click the file

                VLabAR.exe for العربية   VLabBR.exe for Português (Brasil)
                VLabCA.exe for Català   VLabDE.exe for Deutsch
                VLabES.exe for Español   VLabFR.exe for Français
                VLabGl.exe for Galego   VLabGR.exe for Ελληνικά
                VLabLT.exe for Lietuvių   VLabRU.exe for Русский
                VLabZH.exe for 中文(繁體)    


    • [5 MB] Virtual Lab for Macintosh 10.1 and higher only

      - Unzip the contents of to a directory on your hard drive. Some web browsers will perform this step automatically. Note that extracting files from a compressed archive requires a seperate program, such as Stuffit Expander.
      - Open the vlab-mac folder and double click the file vlab.jar.

Run the Virtual Lab from the web

  • The Virtual Lab as an English web applet
  • Fully translated versions:

    • Español (Translation contributed by Jordi Cuadros, Institut Químic de Sarrià)
    • Català (Translation contributed by Jordi Cuadros, Institut Químic de Sarrià)
    • Português (Brasil) (Translation contributed by Geiza Esperandio, Fernando Gomes and Ricardo Cunha Michel of the Laboratório de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Ensino de Matemática e Ciências - LIMC / UFRJ)
    • Français (Translation contributed by Thierry Salaun)
    • Ελληνικά (Translation contributed by Michael P. Sigalas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
    • Deutsch (Translation contributed by Isabel Braun, Albert Ludwigs Universitat Freiburg)
    • Русский (Translation contributed by Кург Владимир, Incom Corporation)

    Partially translated versions:

    • Galego (Translation contributed by imaxin|software)
    • العربية (Translation contributed by Dr. Khateeb Alkhateeb)
    • Lietuvių (Translation contributed by Regina Kaušienė, Tytuvėnai gymnasium Kelmė distr)
    • 中文(繁體) (Translation contributed by Ta-Wei Li, National Chiao Tung University)

    If you would like to help with the translation of the virtual lab, please email us.

Beta Testing a new 3-D Version of the Virtual Lab

We are currently working on a new 3D version of the Virtual Lab utilizing some new Java features. We welcome your feedback as we develop this new interface.

Additional Resources

  • View a Virtual Lab Demonstration Movie [4.8MB]
  • Browse the Virtual Lab problems collection.
  • Read the documentation.
  • Modify and create Virtual Lab problems.

   Page Last Updated: 03.18.2012