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Homework Help: Using Acetic Acid as an Oxidizing Agent

Posted by Mandy on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 12:41am.

Hi,
We did an experiment in lab and our professor asked us why we used acetic acid as our oxidizing agent

NaOCl + CH3COOH --> HOCl + CH3COO- Na+

for the above reaction?

I'm thinking it has to do with the fact that it is a relatively weak acid and can be reversed if needed?

Am I like totally off?

Thanks for any help!
Best,
Mandy

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