# Homework Help: Ethene + Steam = Ethane and perhaps a magical unknown substance

1. May 18, 2010

### nobahar

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Ethene + Steam produces ethanol and...

2. Relevant equations
CH2=CH2 + H2O ---> CH3-CH2OH or ...

3. The attempt at a solution
Couldn't find anything. I toyed with ethanal but that requires Potassium Dichromate. One 'source' (i.e. yahoo answers (I think)) suggests there is no other product possible.
The question is from a booklet I have.
Any help much sppreciated.

2. May 18, 2010

### gabriels-horn

$$C_2H_4 + H_2O \to C_2H_5OH$$ looks right via an electrophilic addition mechanism. As to whether any other major products forms is doubtful.

Last edited: May 18, 2010
3. May 19, 2010

### nobahar

Thats ethanol right? Its the only one I could think of also.
Cool name by the way. Gabriel's horn and Torricelli's trumpet both sound like euphemisms.