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Asprin esterification reaction

  1. Apr 19, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Write the equation for the esterification reaction for acetic acid and ethyl
    alcohol to form ethyl acetate.

    Circle the acid functional group and underline the acidic hydrogen.

    Circle the alcohol functional group


    Circle the ester functional group.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I came up with

    CH3COOH + CH3CH2OH <--> CH3COOCH2CH3 + H20
    The functional group would be for acid
    CH3COOH + CH3CH2OH <--> CH3COOCH2CH3 + H20
    The acidic hydrogen is
    CH3COOH + CH3CH2OH <--> CH3COOCH2CH3 + H20


    The alcohol function group is
    CH3COOH + CH3CH2OH <--> CH3COOCH2CH3 + H20

    The ester functional group
    CH3COOH + CH3CH2OH <--> CH3COOCH2CH3 + H20
    I'm really not sure about this.

    If you can please help me sort this out and explain your reasoning. Thanks.
     
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  3. Apr 20, 2013 #2

    chemisttree

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    You have it.

    What I would like to know is what this problem has to do with aspirin?
     
  4. Apr 20, 2013 #3

    Borek

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    I would say there is more than just carbonyl to the ester group.
     
  5. Apr 20, 2013 #4
    The ester functional group
    CH3COOH + CH3CH2OH <--> CH3COOCH2CH3 + H20
    I looked up a definition.
    Can you explain this to me? I can't find a very good definition.


    To the person who asked what this problem has to do with aspirin. I'm not sure if this specific example has to do with aspirin but it is from a lab where we are making aspirin.
    I just called it by that title.I'm not sure but I figure that is has something to do with it.
    Thanks
     
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