Chemistry Race
Chemistry competition for teams of sixth-form students
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Competition details

Chemistry Race 2023

The registration for the next Chemistry Race will open at 12pm on Monday 5th December. You can sign up to receive updates from our mailing list here.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at chemistryrace@ch.cam.ac.uk.




What is the Chemistry Race?
The Chemistry Race is a new chemistry competition for teams of 3-5 sixth-form students organised by students at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. The teams race against each other in solving chemistry problems; whoever gets the most points within the time limit wins!
Where and when?
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The fourth Chemistry Race will be held on Saturday 4th February 2023 at the Departments of Chemistry at University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.

How to sign up

The registration for Chemistry Race 2023 will open at 12pm on Monday 5th December 2022 on this website.

We will also send the registration form link to our mailing list – sign up here.

 

What do we need to bring?

Apart from writing utensils, you should definitely not forget your favourite calculator (ideally one for each member of your team). Some questions may require you to read data of graphs. Therefore, we also recommend bringing rulers. In addition, you are allowed to bring any paper literature, notes or handouts that you think could be useful. No electronic devices, apart from dedicated calculators (not calculators on mobile phones, tablets or computers) are allowed.

How to get here
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If you are competing in Cambridge, the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry can be reached on foot from Cambridge City Centre bus station (15 minutes) and Cambridge Railway Station (20 minutes). If your team wishes to bring a vehicle, parking at the Department is available.

 

If you care competing in Oxford, the Chemistry Teaching Laboratory (where teams will register) can be reached on foot from Gloucester Green bus station (15 minutes) or Oxford railway station (20 minutes). Please note that there is no parking in Oxford city centre, so if you wish to bring a vehicle you are advised to use the Park and Ride sites around the city.

Finance

Participation in the competition is free. Travel costs are not reimbursed.

FAQ and example questions

You can find the FAQ and complete rules of the competition here. Past questions can be found in the Documents section.

2023
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