sir/mam, I want you to ask that which reaction for saponification reaction is correct as it is different in text book and refresher.

Asked by bhanu marwaha | 9th Mar, 2011, 08:29: PM

Expert Answer:

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Soap is produced by the saponification (hydrolysis) of a triglyceride (fat or oil). (See Figure 1.) In this process the triglyceride is reacted with a strong base such as sodium or potassium hydroxide to produce glycerol and fatty acid salts. The salt of the fatty acid is called a soap.

Fatty acids are straight-chain monocarboxylic acids. The most common fatty acids range in size from 10-20 carbons and most often have an even number of carbon atoms including the carboxyl group carbon. The carbon-carbon bonds in saturated fatty acids are all single bonds, while unsaturated fatty acids have one or more carbon-carbon double bonds in their chains. One example of a saturated fatty acid is palmitic acid, CH3-(CH2)14-CO2H.


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Answered by  | 9th Mar, 2011, 09:11: PM

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