Lakesh S.

asked • 02/08/16

Equation for carboxylic acids and their derivatives

Write an equation for the reaction of ethanoic acid with sodium carbonate. How does this reaction compare with that of hydrochloric acid with sodium carbonate?
They look into: 

What does this tell you about the chemical properties of carboxylic acids?

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Alejandro L. answered • 02/24/17

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Reno O. B.

Hello Alejandro,
How would you have answered the question?


Alejandro L.

Like this:
2 CH3CO2H + Na2CO3 --> 2 NaO2CCH3 + CO2 + H2O
2 HCl + Na2CO3 --> 2 NaCl + CO2 + H2O
both reactions generate CO2(g) and H2O(l) along with a salt, which implies that acetic acid and hydrochloric acid are more acidic than the conjugate acids of carbonate (HCO3- and H2CO3).


Reno O. B.

Thank You.
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Reno O. B. answered • 02/12/16

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