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Gunjan , asked a question
Subject: Science , asked on 10/2/11

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

mahek_flower21... , added an answer, on 10/2/11
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 by using sodium carbonate...inalcohol..there would be no reaction  but in acid...co2 gas will be evolved

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kashid.sangita00... , added an answer, on 11/2/11
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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.


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