# Organic ion with charge -3

1. Oct 23, 2015

### Janiceleong26

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I can't seem to see how an organic ion with charge -3 is formed. I thought an organic ion will always have a charge of -1? Like sodium ethoxide CH3CH2CO-Na+ ?
I know that Na can only react with alcohols and carboxylic acids, so B and D are probably out, though B has carboxylic acid grp and D has alcohol grp in it..

2. Oct 24, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Why? What is a charge of the anion in disodium oxalate? Trisodium citrate?

You are looking for a compound that has a single proton acidic enough to be neutralized by NaOH, and three protons that can react with Na. You are right about B & D being out.

3. Oct 24, 2015

### Janiceleong26

-2 and -3 sorry I didn't know about this, now that I've know now...we have to find a compound that has three functional groups that can react with Na right? Which is A or C. But since they say J reacts with NaOH (aq) to produce an organic ion with -1 charge, which means there should only be 1 -COOH grp, so ans. is C
Thanks!