1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data In O-Chem lab, after the reaction is complete, NaHC03 and NaCl solutions are added. Then BME is added and aqueous layer removed. Why do you extract the mixture with salts, and what role does each one play? 2. Relevant equations Ester synthesis trans cinnamic acid + methanol >sulfuric acid>>>> methyl trans cinnamate 3. The attempt at a solution I have been confused about this for a while, I need to stop confusing myself more. I think that the salt reacts with the excess sulfuric acid, but not sure why two different salts would be needed.