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Homework Help: Org. Chem.

Posted by CMM on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 6:05pm.

We did an experiment with the synthesis of n-butyl bromide, using n-butyl alcohol, NaBr, and H2SO4. The question is: Aqueous sodium bicarbonate was used to wash the crude n-butyl bromide. A) What was the purpose of this wash? Give Equations. I know it was used to remove any remaining acid or n-butyl alcohol, but I don't know what it means by give equations? Please help. Also, B) Why would it be undesirable to wash the crude halide with aqueous sodium hydroxide? I think this has something to do with them possibly being able to react? Please Help.

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