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How can ethanol and Ethanoic acid be differentiated on the basis of their physical and chemical properties?

How can ethanol and Ethanoic acid be differentiated on the basis of their physical and chemical properties?

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Pawan Prajapati
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one year ago
(i) Ethanol has a pleasant smell whereas ethanoic acid has the smell of vinegar. (ii) Ethanol has a burning taste whereas ethanoic acid has a sour taste. (iii) Ethanol has no action on litmus paper whereas ethanoic acid turns blue litmus paper red. (iv) Ethanol has no reaction with sodium hydrogencarbonate but Ethanoic acid gives brisk effervescence with sodium hydrogencarbonate.

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