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Why ethyl alcohol and water cannot be separated into pure components by fractional distillation?

Why ethyl alcohol and water cannot be separated into pure components by fractional distillation?

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Gaurav
askIITians Faculty 164 Points
7 years ago
Ethyl alcohol and water mix together to form azeotropes which can not be separated by simple distillation. This is because azeotropes act as single compound and boil at the same temperature

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