How can we distinguish between ethanol and ethanoic acid ?
Asked by | 30th Dec, 2009, 11:31: AM
By sodium bicarbonate test:
On adding sodium bicarbonate to ethanoic acid, brisk effervescence of CO2 is produced.
CH3COOH + NaHCO3 → CH3COONa + CO2 + H2O
Ethanol will not give this test.
Answered by | 30th Dec, 2009, 12:06: PM
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