Q. 29 B5.0( 3 Votes )

How would you distinguish experimentally between an alcohol and a carboxylic acid on the basis of a chemical property?

Answer :

Take the samples of alcohol and carboxylic acid in different test tubes and add some sodium hydrogen carbonated in both the tubes.

Carboxylic acid reacts with sodium hydrogen carbonate to give brisk effervescence of carbon dioxide gas but alcohol does not react with sodium hydrogen carbonate.

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