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Concentration of formaldehyde and methanol

If there is a measured concentration of formaldehyde and methanol in a 1000L solution of water at temperature = 180 degrees F (open to atmosphere), is there any reason to believe that these compounds will or will not convert to their relative organic acids and no longer be measurable in the form of actual formaldehyde and methanol?

Determine if the concentration of formaldehyde and methanol as measured in water will convert to its relative organic acids?

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The very first thing, I would like to tell you is that the conversion of an alcohol or an aldehyde to its respective carboxylic acid (methanoic acid, HCOOH) is due to oxidation of the corresponding function ...

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The solution determines the concentration and whether it will convert to relative organic acids.