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Unformatted text preview: represents the molecular weight of the unknown (if only 1 ester is present), or a multiple of the molecular weight (if there are more than one ester present.). 4. Could acidic conditions be employed to determine the neutralization equivalent? Justify your answer with equations and explain briefly. (2 points) R O O R' + NaOH R O O + R'OH Na R O O R' + H 2 O H + R OH O + R'OH It would be impossible to obtain a neutralization quivalent value from acidic conditions. The main reason for this is that ester hydrolysis in acidic medium is a thermodynamic equilibrium, hence an imcomplete raction....
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2010 for the course CHM chm2526 taught by Professor Louise during the Spring '09 term at University of Ottawa.
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