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Young chemists have the solutions

Around 200 students and teachers converged on the University of Tasmania's Sandy Bay Campus for a state round 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 University and get experience in the higher education environment," he said.

Around 190 teams competed across the State in two divisions: Years 9 and 10, and Years 11 and 12.

The top 10 per cent of teams will compete in the national final which is being hosted at the University in October.

In 2016 a team from New Town High School finished 14th nationally.

Image: Elizabeth College students Isaac Pearsall and Georgia-Alice Bunge at Titration.

Published on: 10 Aug 2018 3:11pm