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Carboxylic Acids, Their Derivatives and Kc

2017 Paper Two

Question Five
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AQA A-level CHEMISTRY Paper 2 Organic and Physical ChemistryMonday 19 June 2017

For the carboxylic acid, 0.470 – 0.180 = 0.29 moles have reacted

From the stoichiometry, this indicates that 0.29 moles of water have been formed

0.29 ÷ 2 = 0.145 moles of the diester are formed at equilibrium

0.205 – 0.145 = 0.06 moles of the diol remain at equilibrium

Straightforward - products on top. reactants on the bottom

Volumes will cancel out
There are the same number of moles on each side of the equation
Steady as we go...
Most marks are lost due to an incorrect rearrangement of the expression. You need to make sure you give your answer to three significant figures. If you manage to write the correct answer, all 3 marks are awarded!

Use moles/volume (marks scheme indicates that the volumes need not be included)

The mark scheme allows 0.789 ± 0.001

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