Preparation of ethanamide from ethanoic acidWatch
But if they're going to be awkward, convert the carboxylic acid into an acid chloride first
I'm not sure but wouldnt it be :
CH3COOH + NH3 - CH3CONH2 + H20
the oh would break off the ch3cooh making the c slightly positive which attracts the NH3 molecule, the a H form nh3 later breaks off joining with the previously broken off OH making H20 and CH3CONH2.
Is this edexcel unit 4 ? A2?
OH is a bad leaving group (ie OH- almost never falls off a molecule. Also ammonia is a base. Acid + base --> salt
Now you can react this acid chloride with concentrated aqueous ammonia and there you go, ethanamide!