Model Science Software Products - Model ChemLab

By: Model Science Software  09-12-2011
Keywords: high school, laboratory, Software Design


Whether your challenge is to introduce new computer technology to your curriculum, or bring the lab experience to on-line students or a need for an alternative to dangerous, expensive or environmentally hazardous labs, then Model ChemLab is the classroom proven solution for you.

Model ChemLab originated from academic work in computer simulation and software design at McMaster University. It has continued to be developed with extensive input from educators interested in the possible application of computer simulations for classroom and distance learning.

Model ChemLab is a unique product incorporating both an interactive simulation and a lab notebook workspace with separate areas for theory, procedures and student observations. Commonly used lab equipment and procedures are used to simulate the steps involved in performing an experiment. Users step-through the actual lab procedure while interacting with animated equipment in a way that is similar to the real lab experience.

ChemLab comes with a range of pre-designed lab experiments for general chemistry at the high school and college level. Users can expand upon the original lab set using ChemLab's LabWizard development tools, thus allowing for curriculum specific lab simulation development by educators. These user designed simulations combine both text based instructions and the simulation into a single distributable file.

    ChemLab Design:

  • Easy to use lab interface modeled on common lab procedure
  • Student lab notebook workspace area
  • Real time animated interactive simulation engine
  • Lab Wizard tools for easy user created lab simulations
  • Support for plug-in lab simulations extensions
  • Demonstration mode, allows user to capture and replay a simulation.
  • Integration with RasMol molecular viewer
  • Integrated Periodic Table application with quiz

    Lab equipment:

  • Beakers, Erlenmeyer and Florence flasks, test tubes, graduated cylinders, burets, eye dropper, pipets, watch glasses, filtering flask with buchner funnel, bunsen burner, hot plate / Magnetic stirrer, stirring rods, evaporation dish, calorimeter, conductivity meter, geiger counter, potentiometer, Spectrophotometer and others…
  • Balances: centigram, electronic and high sensitivity balance
  • Distillation equipment setup:  distillation flask with heating mantel, distillation head, condenser and distillation take-off

    Common Lab Procedures:

  • Titration, Decanting /pouring
  • Heating and hot/cold water baths
  • Temperature, weight, pH, conductivity, voltage and volume measurements
  • Plot titration curves

    Large selection of pre-defined labs simulations:

    Lab Wizards (Professional Edition):

  • Allow users to create customized lab simulations
  • Lab Wizard steps users through process of new lab creation
  • Single distributable file
  • Expandable chemical database allows users to add new chemicals to ChemLab

    Lab Demonstration Mode:

  • Allows Professional users to capture lab simulations as they perform it and save in a demo file
  • Add comments and other messages to demonstration file
  • Single distributable demo file
  • Playback demonstration files in both Professional and Standard editions of ChemLab

    Free updates from Model Science web site:

  • Registered users can download updates and new Lab simulations from the Model Science web site.

    Wide Range of Applications:

  • Ideal for distance learning, demonstrations, lab run-throughs, pre-lab work, dangerous and environmentally hazardous, expensive, or lengthy labs.
  • Windows® 7/Vista/XP/ME/98/95/NT/2000 with 8MB RAM VGA or higher
  • Mac OS X; Version 10.1.5 or greater

"Teaching chemistry laboratory procedures by means of a virtual laboratory on a personal computer is a very powerful concept. Students are not limited by time or space in the virtual laboratory, and educational institutions which do not have the physical or economic means to maintain a real chemistry lab will welcome this alternative.  Model ChemLab is just such a tool.  It is compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating systems which are found in most schools. Use is very intuitive and easy to learn. It comes with over 20 different laboratory modules, and the Professional Edition has a Wizard which permits design of additional modules.  Each module functions like a lab notebook with one page describing the principles and objectives, another page giving stepwise procedures, and a third page for recording observations and computations.  The experiments are performed in a window by assembling components selected from a menu, and then interactively weighing, mixing, heating, measuring etc.   Model ChemLab is a well-designed product which fills a real need."
Editor, Science Book and Films Journal
American Association for the Advancement of Science

"I had a great deal of fun with this package, as did my students. I would certainly recommend this package to all teachers of basic chemistry as a method of augmenting the practical experience available to their students. The software is extremely user-friendly and the instructions, both for running listed modules and developing new ones, are clear and helpful. We intend to introduce this software to our foundation chemistry students in pre-lab sessions, so that they can make the most of their time spent in the laboratory."
Wynne Evans, Chemistry Instructor
University of Glamorgan

"This is an innovative resource that is fun to use and has a great deal of potential for Chemistry teachers at any level and for any type of course. It simulates laboratory experiments by providing lab procedures, apparatus and chemicals for students to run experiments. The ability to customise the existing activities and to include new ones using the Lab Wizard is a particularly attractive feature of this product. In addition, the software designers are easy to contact and open to ideas."
Steve Lewis, Chemistry Instructor
Shrewsbury Sixth Form College

"Model ChemLab is a visually enticing program that the Florida High School uses to give our virtual students the opportunity to "handle" objects and chemicals found in a chemistry lab. This saves us the large expense of sending out glassware and allows us to do lab activities with chemicals that are not able to be sent to the students. The students respond very well to the ease of use of the program, and they are very excited by the graphic interface."
Jennifer Whiting, Chemistry Instructor
Florida Internet High School

"I just got the latest version of your software and I would like to congratulate you for the very nice piece of work you have done. I am sure that this software will be a "citation classic" as we say for very good scientific papers."
Clément Lemaignan
Research Director, CEA France

"I love this program! Just amazing. I had the sensation that I was back in the lab. I also liked the use of text.. one section for theory, one for procedures and another for observations .. excellent!"
Daniel Barboza Vieira,
First year chemistry student, University of São Paulo

Keywords: chemistry, high school, Lab Equipment, Lab Simulations, laboratory, Software Design,

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