Book Review: The Titration Battle – Fiji Secondary Schools VOLUMETRIC ANALYSIS – Titration for Beginners

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ISBN-13: 978-982-101-069-6

Paperback: 312 pages

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21 Sep 2022 12:30

About the Authors

Dr. David Rohindra is an academic in the Faculty of Science Technology and Environment at The University of The South Pacific. He obtained his Bachelors and Master’s degree in Chemistry and a Doctor of Engineering in the field of Polymer (Plastics) Engineering from Tokyo, Japan.

Ms. Roselyn Lata is a Teaching Assistant at The University of The South Pacific in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Computing science, and a master’s degree in Renewable Energy.

Titration is a volumetric technique which involves the use of known volumes of a known substance to quantitatively determine the amount of a specific substance in an unknown given sample.

  Caption – The cover of the book with authors Roselyn Lata and David Rohindra.




Titration is a volumetric technique which involves the use of known volumes of a known substance to quantitatively determine the amount of a specific substance in an unknown given sample.

This technique is one of the fundamental analytical techniques in Chemistry and is applied in life sciences, clinical chemistry, water pollution, industrial analyses and pharmaceuticals.

In order to make titration analysis meaningful, one has to understand and learn the principles involved.

There are many kinds of titrations, but the two common titrations are acid – base and reduction-oxidation (REDOX).

 Acid–base titration is one of the oldest tools of analytical chemistry.

The method was first introduced or described by Glauber (1658).

The book explains how experiment is carried out by gradually adding a standard solution (i.e., a solution of known concentration) of titrating reagent, or titrant, from a burette, a long, graduated measuring tube with a stopcock and a delivery tube at its lower end – to a solution of unknown concentration of known volume.

The addition of the titrant is stopped when the equivalence point is reached.

Although, the technique seems simple, one has to understand the theoretical concepts and the experimental skills to perform the titration accurately.

 Volumetric techniques are generally introduced and taught at senior level (Year 11 – 13) in secondary schools in the South Pacific and continues to be part of a chemist’s career.

 In the Pacific, students encounter lot of challenges and difficulties in performing titration experiments or doing calculations with experimental data due to lack of proper experimental tools and reliable literature.

Monitoring the deficiency of titration skills in students in schools and at tertiary level in the Pacific region, the authors of this book were motivated to write this edition that would help enhance students’ learning skills and knowledge in the construction of titration experiments and simultaneously solving titration calculations.

Furthermore, this book can be used as a reference literate to verify titration related questions. The authors have been very mindful about the Language used in writing this book.

New and technical words have been introduced and defined as the subject develops. These features generate interest in reading this book.

There are ten chapters ; starting from Introduction, Data handling and Calculations, Stoichiometry, Laboratory Safety, Solution Chemistry and the different types of titrations.

There are numerous experiments, some with complete working while others may be suitable for teachers to try in the school chemical laboratory.

 The book provides an open access platform for beginners, experts and researchers from all over the globe on volumetric analysis, as the book contains all the relevant information needed in performing a titration experiment.