How do you write the balanced chemical equation for the acid hydrolysis of methyl butanoate?

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Dec 19, 2016

#"C"_3"H"_7"COOCH"_3 + "H"_2"O/H"^+ rarr "C"_3"H"_7"COOH" + "CH"_3"OH"#


When we talk about the acid hydrolysis of an ester, we really mean just adding water to that ester (using an acid catalyst) and breaking the ester bond (#"COO"#) to form an alcohol and a carboxylic acid.