Organic Chemistry Laboratory Tutorials (YouTube Playlists)

Dr. Laurie S. Starkey, Cal Poly Pomona

tutorial screenshot   TLC simulator screenshot    extraction simulator screenshot

(Re)Crystallization | Melting Point | Extraction | Distillation

Thin-Layer Chromatography (TLC)

See also: TLC simulator (video) and Extraction animation (video)

About the O-Chem Lab Tutorials

In an effort to help students prepare better for Organic Chemistry lab, a series of tutorials has been developed. A variety of Organic Chemistry Laboratory techniques are covered, including Crystallization (also called Recrystallization), Melting Point, Extraction, Distillation and Thin-Layer Chromatography (TLC). Each fully narrated lesson presents an introduction to theory and videos of laboratory demonstrations.  The lab demo videos include an introduction to the glassware and materials needed, the experimental set-up, a discussion of safety concerns and common mistakes, a demonstration of actually running the experiment, and an analysis of the results.

What do I need to view the O-Chem Lab Tutorials?
(Want a Flash-free version? See YouTube Playlists)

These free tutorials for the Organic Chemistry lab can be viewed with any web browser, using Flash Player 8 (click here to download the free player). Navigation through each o-chem lab tutorial is simple, using the outline at the right of the screen. Clicking on any lab technique will automatically play the tutorial in a new browser window. Make sure the browser window is maximized, and turn up the volume on your computer so you can hear the narration and the videos. Versions of the tutorials have been created as videos on YouTube as well (Chemistry Connected channel). These tutorial playlists are not as interactive, but they are accessible on all mobile devices, etc.

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