Chemistry and Biochemistry

Educational Software

The BYU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has collected the following online programs for student use. 

For questions concerning the use of the software listed below, contact a professor, TA, or computer lab administrator.

  1. Boltzmann 3D
    • Click here for more information about this software.
    • Boltzmann 3D is a kinetic theory demonstrator that visually illustrates principles of kinetic theory on your computer screen. Boltzmann 3D may be downloaded and operated on Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  2. ChemTutor
    • Click here to use ChemTutor II. Ensure that you have Adobe Flash Player enabled, or the program will not run.
    • Click here to use ChemTutor III. Ensure that you have Adobe Flash Player enabled, or the program will not run.
    • Click here for ChemTutor tutorial videos.
    • ChemTutor is a browser-based lecture and practice series on multiple foundational chemistry-related topics. ChemTutor was developed by BYU emeritus professor John D. Lamb. II was released in 2004, while III, updated with new topics and a new user interface, was released in 2008.
  3. Virtual ChemLab 
    • Click here for the Virtual ChemLab web site for more information about this software.
    • Virtual ChemLab is a laboratory simulation for high school and college freshman and sophomore-level chemistry classes. Created by BYU and the national Department of Education through the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), Virtual ChemLab permits students to apply learning, make decisions, and experience results in a laboratory setting without any real-life setup, cleanup, or danger. Virtual ChemLab is sold through Prentice Hall in a variety of packages as well as an individual product. Currently, over 150,000 students per year use Virtual ChemLab for their homework, quizzes, and lab work and have reported tremendous benefit from this software.
    • Complete Virtual ChemLab simulations available to BYU include Calorimetry, Fundamental Experiments in Quantum ChemistryGas PropertiesOrganic Synthesis and Organic Qualitative AnalysisQualitative Inorganic Analysis, and Titration ExperimentsA series of physical simulations (including simulations MechanicsDensity, Circuits, and Optics) is currently in production.

Boltzmann 3D screenshot

ChemTutor II screenshot

Virtual ChemLab screenshot

Last updated 1 December 2020