Carboxylic Acids and Esters

Carboxylic acids and esters

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Carboxylic Acids contain

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a COOH group

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Because they are weak acids

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They only partially dissociate

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Carboxylic acids react with carbonates to form

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carbon dioxide, a salt, and water

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Test for carboxylic acids

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adding a carbonate or hydrogen carbonate and carbon dioxide will be produced (It will fizz)

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carboxylic acid + alcohol with strong acid and reflux makes...

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ester and water

this is called an esterification reaction

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Esters have four main uses

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