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

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You haven't said how the esterification was done. However, if a mineral acid was used as a catalyst you would remove this afterwards by washing the crude product with the NaHCO<sub>3</sub> (aq). If the esterification used excess ...

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