Analyzing Ester Synthesis

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For our final lesson of Chapter 6, students were tasked with analyzing the ester synthesis lab from yesterday.  The Lesson 35 Student Worksheet guides students through the analysis process.

Notes from class:

Keep Learning!

Wondering why the O and H from the carboxylic acid partner up with the H from the alcohol to form water during the ester synthesis reaction?  The answer is far from simple!  Check out the chemistry involved in Fischer Esterification, courtesy of the University of Calgary department of Chemistry.


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