How can we distinguish between ethanol and ethanoic acid ?

Asked by  | 30th Dec, 2009, 11:31: AM

Expert Answer:

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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