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Homework Help: Asa question

  1. Jan 18, 2009 #1
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    I am trying to help my son with his experiment with asa(aspirin). He titrated asa powder that was dissolved in isopropyl alcohol with NaOH. One of the questions in the inquiry was why were ether or chloroform not used to dissolve the asa? I am not certain that the answer is related to the volatility of both ether and choloroform, relative to isopropyl alcohol, or due to the fact that the alcohol is a protic solvent rather than an aprotic solvent. Any suggestions??

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  3. Jan 19, 2009 #2


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    What is the scope of the experiment? Otherwise I am soley able to claim that it's solubility that is being referred to here. An aqueous solution of NaOH is not going to dissolve in either of those other solvents from what I know.
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