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When ethanol reacts with ethanoic acid in the presence of conc. H 2 SO 4 , a substance with fruity smell is produced. Answer the following:

(i) State the class of compounds to which the fruity smelling compounds belong. Write the chemical equation for the reaction and write the chemical name of the product formed.

(ii) State the role of conc. H 2 SO 4 .

 

Answer

(i) When ethanol reacts with ethanoic acid, ethyl ethanoate i.e. an ester i s formed. It is a sweet smelling compound. The reaction that takes place is:    

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(ii) The role of conc H 2 SO 4 in this is that it acts as a dehydrating agent which means it removes water molecules in the reaction.


Transcript

Reaction of Ethanol with Ethanoic acid C2H5OH Ethanol CH3COOH Ethanoic acid Conc.H2SO4 CH3 Ethyl ethanoate (ester)

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CA Maninder Singh is a Chartered Accountant for the past 12 years and a teacher from the past 16 years. He teaches Science, Economics, Accounting and English at Teachoo