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    Preparation of Esters in an Experiment

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    Consider the following reaction:

    Lauric acid + Ethanol yields Ethyl laurate + Acetic acid

    In the preparation of the esters given in this reaction, the reaction product is extracted with 5% sodium bicarbonate solution (NaHCO3) in the isolation step. Why? What gas is evolved during this washing step? Write a balanced equation for the reaction that produced it.

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    We extract the reaction product solution with NaHCO3 because we do not want the starting materials.

    One of the starting ...

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    This solution is provided in 80 words. It discusses how the starting materials of the reaction interact to produce products that are pure or impure.