Any of yall into chemistry? I've been thinking about picking up chemistry and electronics as a hobby. The only problem I have is that I neither have much room for a lab nor would I have the possibility of installing a decent fume hood. Do you have suggestions?
It would be cool if somebody wrote a program that could simulate all the chemical reactions so they can performed in (virtual) safety without the worry of blowing yourself up or poisoning yourself. If you mixed cesium hydroxide with hydrofluoric acid in reality you might get yourself killed.
There are hackerspaces almost everywhere around europe and in the US, if you decide to get into electronics i can really recommend atleast checking it out when you decide to build something. I sacrificed some space at home for such things but also have access to a lab in a university if i need some more advanced stuff.
The safety and perhaps the financial concern are good arguments but I think it would be kinda dumb. Apart form not gaining anything physical from it, we can only go so far with it. After all, we have to explore the science IRL first to implement it into the program and furthermore aren't there many variables to real chemistry like purity of the substance, quality of the tools etc?
Well the simulator would obviously assume you are using the best tools and purest substances. Though you may be right about having to do it in real life to find out what would really happen. From what I heard if you mix ammonia with bleach it will give off chlorine gas, something that would be better done in a simulator than attempting in reality. Likewise with other chemical reactions that would produce toxic fumes or explosions. They can even make it so the simulator will tell you that "you have died" if you do something that would end up getting yourself killed.