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    When trying to distinguish between carboxylic acids and alcohols using a sodium carbonate solution, the release of CO[sub[2[/sub] is expected for carboxylic acids and no reaction is expected in alcohols.

    The question is, why does this happen to carboxylic acids and alcohols? What is the explanation?

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    (Original post by SWEngineer)
    When trying to distinguish between carboxylic acids and alcohols using a sodium carbonate solution, the release of CO[sub[2[/sub] is expected for carboxylic acids and no reaction is expected in alcohols.

    The question is, why does this happen to carboxylic acids and alcohols? What is the description?

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    because carbonates react with any acid to liberate CO2. They do not react with alcohols
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    (Original post by Plato's Trousers)
    because carbonates react with any acid to liberate CO2. They do not react with alcohols
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    But alchols too are slightly acidic in nature?
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    (Original post by Nihaneha)
    But alchols too are slightly acidic in nature?
    Too slight to react with carbonates
 
 
 
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