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Saponification and Esterification

  1. Aug 14, 2007 #1

    Gib Z

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    I don't seem to understand what's happening at all and I have a test tomorrow!

    Can anyone briefly explain what the terms mean? What reacts with what to make what? In like 1 paragraph please? Thank you HEAPS!!!
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  3. Aug 14, 2007 #2


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    Saponification is the hydrolysis of an ester into the carboxylic acid and the alcohol and esterification is the condensation of the carboxylic acid and alcohol to form the ester.
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