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jtahtouh | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM via web

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Write a balanced equation for the neutralization of acetylsalicylic acid with a strong base such as NaOH

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 24, 2012 at 4:22 AM (Answer #1)

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An acid reacts with a base to form a salt and water. The general reaction between an acid HX and a base YOH is: HX + YOH --> YX + H2O. Acetylsalicylic acid (or aspirin) being an acid also reacts with NaOH in a similar way. The product of the reaction of the two is water and a salt known as sodium salicylate. The chemical formula of acetylsalicylic acid is C9H8O4. The chemical formula of the salicylate ion is C7H5O3

The balanced equation of the chemical reaction between C9H8O4 and NaOH is: 7C9H8O4 + 9NaOH --> 9C7H5O3Na + 10H2O

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