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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 équivalent value from acidic conditions. The main reason for this is that ester hydrolysis in acidic medium is a thermodynamic equilibrium, hence an imcomplete réaction....
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- Fatty Acids, R O, neutralization equivalent, neutralization équivalent value