What Is an Organic Chemistry Model Kit?

An organic chemistry model kit is a set of movable components, usually plastic, which students use to build and manipulate models of molecules. These sets allow users to construct realistic recreations of molecular structures.

The models are especially important for students of organic chemistry who are typically encouraged to think of molecules as three-dimensional structures. For this reason, many chemistry professors prefer traditional model kits to computer programs and phone applications. Organic chemistry model kits are widely available for purchase and are usually required for college chemistry courses. The organic kits feature many pieces not included in basic chemistry model sets. Some contain more than 200 components.