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Writing an equation for a ester formed through reflux

  1. Aug 23, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    write an equation for the reaction and state the systematic name of the ester formed

    3-methyl-1-butanol was mixed with ethanoic acid and refluxed for approx. 40 mins

    the mixture was washed in a separating funnel with distilled water, then sodium carbonate, then distilled water again.

    The organic layer of the isolation was put inside a conical flask with calcium chloride and allowed to sit

    then the mixture was distilled and finally I collected only the fraction that come after 120 degrees (c)

    The ester had a distinct banana smell

    2. Relevant equations

    chemical equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    (CH3)2CHCH2CH2OH + CH3COOH → ?1

    ?1 + CaCl2 → ?2

    I'm really not sure how I'm supposed to do this problem, and I'm terrible with chemical equations. Can anyone help me out with this problem?
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  3. Aug 23, 2013 #2


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    Review "Fisher Esterification". Alcohol plus carboxylic acid yields ester.
  4. Aug 23, 2013 #3

    [tex](ch_3)_2chch_2ch_2oh + ch_3cooh => h_2o + r_1coor_2[/tex]
  5. Aug 24, 2013 #4
    Thanks for that seems to make sense now that I've read through my textbook. I missed the classes that were on esters so I was kind of lost.

    How would I get a systematic name of the organic compound formed from this?
  6. Aug 25, 2013 #5
    the esther (R1COOR2) above is general. In your example:


    then you can name the esther
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2013
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