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Describe One Reaction of a Carboxylic Acid. - Science

Describe one reaction of a carboxylic acid.

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Solution

Ethanoic acid is a carboxylic acid which when reacts with ethanol (alcohol) produces sweet smelling ester. The process in which the carboxylic acid reacts with alcohol, in the presence of a catalyst, to form an ester is called esterification.

The chemical equation for the above reaction is as follows:

`CH_3 COOH +_2 H_5 OH`   `CH_3 COOC_2 H_5 + H_2O`

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Lakhmir Singh Class 10 Chemistry (Science)
Chapter 4 Carbon And Its Compounds
Q 37.3 | Page 264
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