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Showing the corrosion of metals when placed in acid

  1. May 1, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    for a science experiment i am required to write relevant chemical equations to reactions that have occurred. im having trouble showing the corrosion of iron, aluminum and copper in acetic acid and citric acid.


    2. Relevant equations
    heres what i have so far:

    Fe + 2 CH3COOH → (CH3COO)2 Fe + H2

    i think this is the reaction that iron and acetic acid undergo, but not too sure.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    im lost as i dont know what happens to iron in acetic acid
    and also what catalyses this reaction?
    thanks in advance for you help
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. May 1, 2012 #2

    Borek

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    This is correct, although I prefer to write iron acetate as Fe(CH3COO)2. But it is just a personal thing.
     
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