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 how would  u experimentally distinguish between  an alcohol and a carboxylic acid?

Asked by Gunjan(Fergusson College) , on 10/2/11

 by using sodium carbonate...inalcohol..there would be no reaction  but in acid...co2 gas will be evolved

Posted by mahek_flower21...on 10/2/11

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 litmus paper test-

Blue litmus in alcohol no change but blue litmus in carboxylic acids turns red.


alcohol - saturated compound - when added to KMnO4  no colour change.

carboxylic acid - unsaturated - when added to kmNo4 PINK COLOUR DISAPPEARS DUE TO OXIDATION.


Posted by kashid.sangita00...on 11/2/11

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