The best way to learn about the scientific process is to practice it yourself, and LabXchange is dedicated to making this kind of experience available for as many people as possible.
Since access to lab equipment and supplies is not particularly common, LabXchange and our contributors have put together several simulations that can be used to work through experiments in a virtual environment.
Simulations developed by LabXchange include a virtual notebook that describes the process of the experiment as well as providing background information. This might include descriptions of the lab equipment, insight into the goals of the experiment, or a discussion of how different results can be produced and what they mean. Those simulations which do not include the virtual notebook will provide any necessary notes as part of the process.
Unlike working in a real lab, you do not need to worry about wasting resources or breaking equipment. You have the option of restarting a step or the entire simulation if you make a mistake, or even if you would just like to see how things would turn out with different inputs.
Many simulations let you predict results and compare your predictions to the outcome of your run-through as well as the ideal results. Some simulations are even focused on how to plan your own experiments and common real-world problems you might encounter.
Simulations are an excellent way to explore the scientific process through practice.