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Posted by on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:10pm.

In my organic lab, we synthesized synthetic banana oil. I'm asked what gas escaped during the sodium bicarbonate washing and to write two reactions that took place during that operation. I know carbon dioxide escaped but I don't know how to write out the formulas.

  • chemistry - , Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:29pm

    The rxn for CO2 is
    CH3COOH + NaHCO3 ==> H2CO3 + CH3COONa
    Then H2CO3 --> H2O + CO2

    You're getting rid of the excess CH3COOH.

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