State Titration Competitions
The RACI titration competitions are designed to encourage those students who enjoy Chemistry, particularly its practical side, to develop their scientific skills and understandings, and to reward those who attain a high level of proficiency.
Entrants compete in teams of three.
In the state-based competitions, each team member performs two sets of acid-base titrations in order to determine the unknown concentration of a weak acid in a solution that is supplied to them. This weak acid is either ethanoic acid (commonly known as acetic acid) or oxalic acid. This acid is standardised against a solution of the strong base, sodium hydroxide, which is first standardised against a standard solution of an acid (either hydrochloric acid or oxalic acid).
Judging is on the basis of the values each team reports for the concentration of the 3 weak acid solutions. Teams are ranked on how close they get to the actual concentration for each acid solution.
These volumetric analyses vary slightly from state to state, but are equivalent in their requirements.
The top teams in each State competition will be invited to participate in the National Competition Finals.
Unfortunately, our titration competitions have been affected by COVID-19. States, who usually hold their competition at local universities, will require students to take part in their own schools. And, some states have chosen to withdraw until 2021.
Please click on the right for your State's full instructions and registration details.