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Young Analyst Chemistry Competition Tests Year 12s

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Bolton School has held the first ‘inter-division’ Year 12 Young Analyst Chemistry Competition.

Twenty-seven teams of two entered the competition, including two mixed teams!

Students were faced with a two-hour undergraduate level task in which they had to determine the composition of a mixture of an acid and a salt: ethanedioic acid and potassium ethanedioate. They had to perform two titrations in a team environment. The first was an acid-alkali and the second an unfamiliar redox titration.

After the practical component they used their results in a series of gruelling calculations!

First place went to Shyam Dhokia and Alexander Lawrence. Muhammad Karin and Surya Prasad came second, with Jack Flood and Harry Myers taking third place.

More pictures of the students participating can be viewed on the Boys’ Division Chemistry Department Twitter: @Chem_BoltonSch.

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Two boys work together on the titrations

Two boys work together on the titrations

The pupils enjoyed taking on the competition, despite the difficulty level

The pupils enjoyed taking on the competition, despite the difficulty level

One of the mixed teams working together on the practical

One of the mixed teams working together on the practical