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Oxidation of ethanol to ethanoic acid using reflux distillation Watch

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    Guys I'd really appreciate it if you can provide me with an answer to any of these questions please! Help!
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    I'd appreciate if you try to do your own homework.

    If there are any specific questions that you are really stuck on, please return with what you've tried or what you think you understand and we can put you on the right path.

    (also, rotating your image would help)
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    (Original post by Pigster)
    I'd appreciate if you try to do your own homework.

    If there are any specific questions that you are really stuck on, please return with what you've tried or what you think you understand and we can put you on the right path.

    (also, rotating your image would help)

    Im mainly struggling with questions 5 and 6, I really got no clue. Ive done questions 1 to 4 but not quite sure of the answers to the 2nd and 4th questions. I understand the concept of distillation and reflux but I don't know how to approach the question if you know what I mean? Anyway, my answers are: 1) because the conditions used were suitable for the oxidation of ethanol. The mixture of liquids in the distillate have different boiling points, so they can be seperated by distillation where one liquid evaporates before the other. 2) adding more acidified potassium dichromate. 3) temperature increases. 4) because distillation involves the heating of a liquid that has different substances with different boiling points and collecting their vapour. Thank you
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    5 - how hot do you need to get it?
    6 - explain it in terms of IMF
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    (Original post by Pigster)
    5 - how hot do you need to get it?
    6 - explain it in terms of IMF
    To almost 120 degrees
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    (Original post by Zeez98)
    To almost 120 degrees
    I'm assuming you don't mean one third of the way around a circle?

    So... why would a water bath not be the best bet?
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    (Original post by Pigster)
    I'm assuming you don't mean one third of the way around a circle?

    So... why would a water bath not be the best bet?
    Umm I don't know..too hot? Dangerous or something? :/
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    (Original post by Zeez98)
    Umm I don't know..too hot?
    Quite how hot can you heat something in a water bath?
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    (Original post by Pigster)
    Quite how hot can you heat something in a water bath?
    100 degrees celsius
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    (Original post by Pigster)
    5 - how hot do you need to get it?
    I fear I am repeating myself...
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    (Original post by Pigster)
    I fear I am repeating myself...
    Im sorry I don't understand??!
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    You are planning on heating something to 120 degree Celsius in a water bath that can go as hot as 100.

    Pah.
 
 
 
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