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    How can you identify an ester, a carboxylic acid and an alcohol?

    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by RossRFC)
    How can you identify an ester, a carboxylic acid and an alcohol?

    Thanks in advance
    Alcohols contain an OH group.
    Carboxylic acid contains a COOH group.
    Ester contains a COO group(this will always near the middle of the molecule)
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    (Original post by greenladybird)
    Alcohols contain an OH group.
    Carboxylic acid contains a COOH group.
    Ester contains a COO group(this will always near the middle of the molecule)
    Noo I mean like if they were all in one beaker how would you know which is which and what would you do
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    An ester and carboxylic acid both contain C=O so would decolourise bromine solution whereas an alcohol wouldn't!
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    Also, alcohols are flammable, carboxylic acids turn pH indicator red/orange and esters have a (usually nice) smell
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    (Original post by ffiorentini)
    Also, alcohols are flammable, carboxylic acids turn pH indicator red/orange and esters have a (usually nice) smell
    Thanks haha, this was in my prelim today and didn't know what to put if only I had an answer last night
 
 
 
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