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Carboxylic Acids - Practice Questions & MCQ

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  • Methods of Preparation of Carboxylic Acids, Acidity in Carboxylic Acids is considered one of the most asked concept.

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On vigorous oxidation by permanganate solution, (CH_3)_2C=CH-CH_2-CHO   gives

Which of the following statements about the depletion of the ozone layer is correct?

In the following sequence of reactions  the end product (C) is:

Among the following organic acids, the acid present in rancid butter is:

Consider the following equilibrium

White precipitate of AgCl appears on adding which of the following ?              


 Consider the coordination compound, [Co(NH3)6]Cl3.

In the formation of this complex, the species which acts as the Lewis acid is :

A liquid was mixed with ethanol and a drop of concentrated H2SO4 was added. A compound with a fruity smell was formed. The liquid was

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PhCOOH, PhMe can be separated by

The correct order of decreasing acid strength of trichloroacetic acid (A), trifluoroacetic acid (B), acetic acid (C) and formic acid (D) is :

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Consider the acidity of the carboxylic acids:

(i)  PhCOOH

(ii)  o-NO_2C_6H_4COOH

(iii)  p-NO_2C_6H_4COOH

(iv)  m-NO_2C_6H_4COOH

Which of the following order is correct?

Concepts Covered - 6

Methods of Preparation of Carboxylic Acids

From Esters
Esters on acidic hydrolysis give acids, while on basic hydrolysis give carboxylates, which on acidification give corresponding acids. The reaction occurs as follows:

From Grignard reagents
Grignard reagents with dry ice forms salts of carboxylic acids which after acidification give corresponding carboxylic acids. The reaction occurs as follows:

From Nitriles and Amides
Nitriles are hydrolysed in acidic or basic medium first to amides and then to acids. The reaction occurs as follows:


Chemical Properties of Carboxylic Acids

Formation of Anhydride
Carboxylic acid on heating with H2SO4 or P2O5 gives corresponding anhydride. The reaction occurs as follows:

Reaction with Ammonia
On heating with NH3, carboxylic acid gives ammonium salt which on further heating at high temperature gives amides. The reaction occurs as follows:

Carboxylic acids are reduced to 1o alcohol by LiALH4 or better with B2H6. B2H6 does not easily reduce esters, nitro, and halo groups, and NaBH4 does not reduce (-COOH) group. The reaction occurs as follows:

When sodium salts of carboxylic acids are heated with soda lime (NaOH and CaO in 3:1 ratio), they form hydrocarbons by losing CO2. This is known as decarboxylation. The reaction occurs as follows:

Kolbe's electrolysis
The electrolysis of aqueous solution of sodium or potassium salts of carboxylic acid makes the carboxylic acid to undergo decarboxylation to form alkane. The reaction occurs as follows:

The method of preparing α-chloro or α-bromo acid is by Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky reaction, which is carried out by treating the acid with Cl2 or Br2 in the presence of a small amount of red phosphorous. The reaction occurs as follows:

Ring substitution
Aromatic carboxylic acid undergoes substitution electrophilic reactions in which the (-COOH) group acts as a deactivating and meta-directing group. It does not undergo Friedel-Crafts reaction because the (-COOH) group is deactivating and the catalyst AlCl3 gets bonded to the (COOH) group. The reactions occur as follows:

Acidity in Carboxylic Acids

Carboxylic acids are weaker than mineral acids but they are stronger than alcohols, phenols and peroxy acids.

  • Phenols are stronger acids than alcohols.
  • Carboxylic acids are stronger acids than phenols.
  • Carboxylic acids are stronger than peroxy acids.
  • Formic acid is stronger is a stronger acid than benzoic acid.
Perkin's Condensation

Aromatic aldehydes when heated with the anhydride of an aliphatic acid (containing two \alpha-H atoms) in the presence of its sodium or potassium salt result in condensation to form α,β-unsaturated acid. 


For example,

Reformatsky Reaction

Ketones and aldehydes react with α-bromoesters(BrCHRCOOEt) and Zn in benzene to form β-hydroxy esters. First the zinc organometallic BrZnCHRCOOEt is formed and then it adds to the (C=O).


For example, 

Benzoin Condensation, Benzil-Benzilic Acid Rearrangement

Benzoin condensation
When benzaldehyde is refluxed with aq. alcoholic KCN solution to give benzoin(\alpha-hydroxy ketone), the process is called benzoin condensation.


For example,

Benzil-Benzilic acid rearrangement
\alpha-Diketones undergo a rearrangement when treated with base (NaOH) to give \alpha-hydroxy acids.


For example,

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Acidity in Carboxylic Acids

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Reference Books

Methods of Preparation of Carboxylic Acids

Chemistry Part II Textbook for Class XII

Page No. : 375

Line : 35

Chemical Properties of Carboxylic Acids

Chemistry Part II Textbook for Class XII

Page No. : 379

Line : 22

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