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Carboxylic Acids

Structure and properties of an organic acid containing a carboxyl group.

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Not That Type of Acid

It's Everywhere

Credit: Rusty Clark
Source: http://flic.kr/p/a959vK
License: CC BY-NC 3.0


Generally, you may think that acids are very dangerous, toxic chemical that no one should ever touch.  However, just the opposite is the case with Carboxylic Acid. It is by no means dangerous, and is used in many more everyday things than you might expect

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  1. Identify the carboxylic acid in Sodium Acetate.  What elements besides carbon and oxygen are in Sodium Acetate? 

  2. Sodium acetate is used as a food preservative.  Why does the preserved food taste bitter after a time?
  3. Find other relevant uses of sodium acetate. (Hint: look at the picture)




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  1. [1]^ Credit: Rusty Clark; Source: http://flic.kr/p/a959vK; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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