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Acetic Acid

Acetic acid is a colorless, pungent-smelling organic acid with the chemical formula CH3COOH. It’s commonly known as the main component of vinegar, giving it its characteristic sour taste and aroma. In laboratory settings, acetic acid is used as a versatile reagent and solvent with various applications.

  1. Chemical Reactions: Acetic acid is used in various chemical reactions, including those in organic synthesis and analytical chemistry. It can be involved in esterification, acetylation, and other types of reactions.
  2. pH Regulation: Due to its acidic nature, acetic acid is used to adjust the pH of solutions in the laboratory. It’s often used as a buffer component to maintain a specific pH range in experiments.

When working with acetic acid, proper safety precautions should be taken, as it is a corrosive substance that can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system. Adequate ventilation and appropriate personal protective equipment (such as gloves and goggles) are essential to ensure safe handling.


For many learners high school is not enough to prepare them for what they are to face at first year university. They find themselves completely overwhelmed and intimidated by what is expected of them to be able to do in a laboratory.

Unfortunately many learners who want to pursue science subjects go through this dilemma, few as they are because fact is SA is not producing enough learners who will become engineers, doctors, science researchers, let alone science innovators.

To address this, we developed a chemistry kits with 52 experiments for use by learners at home. This gives them an opportunity to gain hand-on exposure and engagement, confidence and understanding they need to study sciences further.

The kit comes with a manual explaining how science is experienced in daily life and therefore brings awareness of the application and usefulness of science, helping the learner relate to what they learn at school.

Some schools do have kits where only the teacher demonstrates the experiments and this is great, but you don’t master driving by watching the driving instructor, you must get in the driver’s seat yourself.

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