Virtual ChemLab: General Chemistry Laboratories

Student Version 2.5
Brian F. Woodfield
Matthew C. Asplund
Brigham Young University
Copyright 2001-2005
ISBN: 0-13-185753-3 (with workbook)
0-13-185751-7 (CD only)
Prentice Hall
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Pentium 500 MHz (Pentium II or better recommended)
128 Mb RAM (256+ Mb Recommended)
CD-ROM drive (for installation only)
600 Mb of free disk space
Display capable of and set to millions of colors (24 bit color)
Minimum resolution 800 x 600 (1024 x 768 or higher strongly recommended)
Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP
QuickTime 5.x/6.x/7.x
PowerPC (G3 or better recommended)
128 Mb RAM (256+ Mb recommended)
CD-ROM drive (for installation only)
600 Mb of free disk space
Display capable of and set to millions of colors (24-bit color)
Recommended minimum resolution 832 x 624 (1024 x 768 or higher strongly recommen
OS X (any version)
QuickTime 5.x/6.x/7.x
Note: The above requirements are the recommended minimum hardware and system sof
tware requirements for reasonable execution speeds and reliability. However, it
should be noted that the software has been successfully installed and used on c
omputers with significantly lower capabilities than the recommendations given ab
ove with corresponding reductions in execution speed and media access time.
Locate and run the program "Setup ChemLab" on the CD-ROM drive then follow the p
rompts. There is only one install option available for the student version, whic
h installs the complete software package to the hard drive. The CD is not neede
d to run the program after performing the installation.
After Virtual ChemLab has been successfully installed, the VCL icon used to laun
ch the program will be located on the desktop, in a Program Group on PC machines
, and on the Dock for Macintosh machines. Clicking on the VCL icon will start th
e simulation where you will be brought to a hallway containing three doors and a
workbook sitting on a table. Clicking on the electronic workbook opens and zoom
s into the workbook pages where you can select preset assignments that correspon
d to the assignments in the student workbook. The Previous and Next buttons are
used to page through the set of assignments, and the different assignments can a
lso be accessed by clicking on the section titles located on the left page of th
e workbook. Clicking on the Enter Laboratory button will allow you to enter the
general chemistry laboratory, and the Exit button is used to leave Virtual ChemL
From the hallway, students can also enter the general chemistry laboratory by cl
icking on the General Chemistry door. Once in the laboratory, students will find
five laboratory benches that represent the five different general chemistry lab
oratories. By mousing over each of these laboratory benches, students can displa
y the name of the selected laboratory. To access a specific laboratory, click on
the appropriate laboratory bench. While in the general chemistry laboratory, th
e full functionality of the simulation is available, and students are free to ex
plore and perform experiments as directed by their instructors or by their own c
uriosity. The Exit signs in the general chemistry laboratory are used to return
to the hallway.
Detailed instructions on how to use each of the five laboratory simulations can
be found in the User Guides Folder located on the Virtual ChemLab CD. These same
user guides can also be accessed inside each laboratory by clicking on the Pull
-Down TV and clicking on the Help button. For those students who will be given e
lectronic assignments from their instructor through the web, the laboratory can
be changed from the workbook configuration to the Web Connectivity Option by cli
cking on the Web Options button in the electronic lab book located in each of th
e laboratories. Details on using the Web Connectivity Option can be found by cli
cking on the Help button in the electronic lab book.
1. Virtual ChemLab Installer (includes Resources Folder)
2. Installation and Overview Guide
3. User Guides (contained in User Guides Folder)
4. Readme File
If you are having problems with this software, call (800) 677-6337 Monday-Friday
8:00am - 8:00pm and Sunday 5:00pm-12:00am (All times listed are Eastern). You c
an also get support by filling out the web form located at http://247.prenhall.c
Our technical staff will need to know certain things about your system in order
to help us solve your problems more quickly and efficiently. If possible, please
be at your computer when you call for support. You should have the following in
formation ready:
1. Textbook ISBN
2. CD-Rom/Diskette ISBN
3. Corresponding product and title
4. Computer make and model
5. Operating System (Windows or Macintosh) and Version
6. RAM available
7. Hard disk space available
8. Sound card?  Yes or No
9. Printer make and model
10. Network connection
11. Detailed description of the problem, including the exact wording of any erro
r messages.
NOTE: Pearson does not support and/or assist with the following:
1. Third-party software (i.e. Microsoft including Microsoft Office Suite, Apple,
Borland, QuickTime, etc.) Technical support for QuickTime related issues can be
found at
2. Homework assistance
3. Textbooks and CD-Rom's purchased used are not supported and are non-replaceab
le. To purchase a new CD-Rom contact Pearson Individual Order Copies at 1-800-28
1. The graphics used in the simulations require the monitor to be set to 24-bit
true color (millions of colors). Lower color resolutions can be used, but the gr
aphics will not be as sharp.
2. When installing Virtual ChemLab, you must be logged in as an Administrative U
ser in order for all files and folders to be installed correctly and to have cor
rectly configured file permissions; otherwise, unpredictable results such as har
d crashes and other errors can occur during installation and running Virtual Che
3. Occasionally when installing on the OS X operating system, the system fails t
o copy over the VCL icon for aliases created on the desktop. There is no known c
ause for this. Aliases with the correct icon can be created manually inside the
installation directory or by copying a VCL icon on to an already existing alias.
4. When installing on the OS X operating system v10.4 (or Tiger), selecting the
option to place an alias on the dock causes the dock to be reset to its initial
installed state and any dock customization is lost.
5. In the directory where Virtual ChemLab is installed, the user must always hav
e read/write privileges to that directory and all directories underneath. This i
s the default state for all Administrative Users (both Mac and PC), and this con
dition has been set by the installer for Standard Users in OS X as well. However
, if users will be logged in as Restricted Users in Windows (such as in a comput
er lab), then the privileges for the Virtual ChemLab directory must be set manua
lly to "Full Access" for Everyone. The installer attempts to set these permissio
ns for Windows installations, but for unknown reasons it is not always successfu
l. In addition, if the system crashes hard while running Virtual ChemLab (either
on Windows or OS X), these permissions may have to be reset to read/write for e
6. The installer does not allow installation and other directory paths to be typ
ed in directly, but all installation paths must be identified or select by brows
ing to the desired location. When installing on the OS X operating system, brows
ing to a folder using aliases occasionally causes the installer to spontaneously
shutdown. Consequently, it is recommend that aliases be avoided when browsing.
There is no known cause for this.
7. When installing Virtual ChemLab on to the OS X operating system, the user mus
t have read/write permission for the folder into which Virtual ChemLab will be i
nstalled. In the vast majority of cases, Virtual ChemLab will be installed into
the Applications folder, but in order for this to be successful the user must be
an administrative user. In some cases, however, the permissions for the Applica
tions folder have been modified by other software installed on the machine, whic
h will prevent Virtual ChemLab from being installed in the Applications folder.
These permissions can be reset back to their default state using the Repair Disk
Permissions function in the Disk Utility program located in the Applications fo
8. QuickTime 5.0 or later is required for the software to run properly. The most
recent version of QuickTime can be obtained at
9. When the simulation software has been installed on a Windows 2000 Professiona
l operating system, there is better performance and better system stability when
the Windows 2000 Support Pack 2 has been installed.
10. For unknown reasons, on some machines the QuickTime videos will not play pro
perly if the system QuickTime settings are in their default state. This can be c
orrected by changing the Video Settings in QuickTime to Normal Mode.
1. Adobe Acrobat Reader v3.0 or higher is required to read the User Guides. The
most recent version of Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free from the Adobe
web site at
2. QuickTime is used under license and is copyrighted by Apple Computer, Inc., 1

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