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Unformatted text preview: desired. 5. The reaction of salicylic acid with a catalytic amount of sulfuric acid and excess methanol was heated to distill methyl salicylic. At room temperature, the reaction would have progressed slowly reverting to the desire product, methyl salicylate. A large molar mass excess of methyl alcohol was used because methyl salicylate is derived from a combination of salicylic acid and methanol. It is also soluble in methanol. 6. Percent Yield of methyl salicylate: References 1. Ault, A. Techniques and experiments for Organic Chemistry ; University Science books: Sausalito, CA, 1998; pp. 371-375 2. http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Salicylic_acid (accessed November 17, 2009)...
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