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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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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.

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

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