Which is the more powerful base, sodium hydroxide, or sodium methoxide?

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Jul 8, 2017

Answer:

Well dump sodium methoxide into water and you gets........

Explanation:

Well dump sodium methoxide into water and you gets........methanol and sodium hydroxide:

#H_3CO^(-)Na^+(s) + H_2O(l) rarr H_3COH(aq) + NaOH(aq)#

Dump hydroxide into methanol, and the reaction is not so complete....

#H_3COH(l) + NaOH(s) rightleftharpoons H_3CO^(-)Na^+(aq) + H_2O(l)#

And thus sodium methoxide is the more powerful base. This equilibrium lies strongly to the LEFT. Sodium methoxide or ethoxide in ethanol is a very powerful cleaning agent, and strips grease from ground glassware..........