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Homework Help: Arcylic Acid - Reducing Or Oxidising Acid ?

  1. Dec 20, 2009 #1
    Is Arcylic Acid a Reducing Acid Or an Oxidising Acid ?

    Or does it exhibit dual character ?


    Secondly, Butyl Arcylate only exhibits reducing properties - right ?
     
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  3. Dec 21, 2009 #2
    The -CO2 functional group itself is not an oxidant nor reductant. Consider the chemistry of the conjugated double bond. Can it be reduced? Can it be oxidized?
     
  4. Dec 22, 2009 #3

    Borek

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    Either -CO2- or CO2H to be precise.

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  5. Dec 22, 2009 #4
    Ah, yes, that is what I meant =)
     
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