How is ethyl alcohol oxidized to acetic acid?

2 Answers
Jan 29, 2016

Answer:

#H_3C-CH_2OH + O_2 rarr H_3C-C(=O)OH + H_2O#

Explanation:

Usually these oxidation reactions are performed in hot acidic potassium permanganate or potassium dichromate.

Jan 30, 2016

Answer:

this is how you do it,

Explanation:

FIRSTLY,

#color(red)(CH_3CH_2OH)+PI_3->CH_3CH_2I+H_3PO_3#

SECONDLY,

#CH_3CH_2I+KCN->CH_3CH_2CN+KI#

THIRDLY,

#CH_3CH_2CN+2H_2O->color(red)(CH_3CH_2COOH)+NH_3#