how would u experimentally distinguish between an alcohol and a carboxylic acid?
by using sodium carbonate...inalcohol..there would be no reaction but in acid...co2 gas will be evolved
litmus paper test-
Blue litmus in alcohol no change but blue litmus in carboxylic acids turns red.
KMnO4 IS IN PINK COLOUR:-
alcohol - saturated compound - when added to KMnO4 no colour change.
carboxylic acid - unsaturated - when added to kmNo4 PINK COLOUR DISAPPEARS DUE TO OXIDATION.