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School students put titration to the test

Around 200 students and teachers converged on the University of Tasmania’s Chemistry building recently for the Tasmanian section of the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute's Titration Competition.

Titration is a common analytical chemistry technique that determines the concentration of a chemical substance in water.

The competition tested school students’ precision in the laboratory, and their understanding of the science of acid-base reactions as well as numeracy skills.

Associate Professor Jason A. Smith, from the University’s School of Physical Sciences, said the competition was a great opportunity for students to test their practical and theoretical skills to solve an analytical problem.

“This is an event that promotes science in the school community and it is also a good opportunity for students to visit the campus and experience the University environment,” he said.

The competition hosted 190 teams across the State (about 570 students) competing in two divisions - years 9/10 and years 11/12.

The top 10 per cent of teams will compete in the national final, to be hosted at the University in October.

In 2016 a team from New Town High School finished 14th in the national event.

Published on: 11 Aug 2017 1:52pm