In lab we synthesized copper (II) acetate starting from copper (II) sulfate pentahydrate. First ammonia was added, followed by sodium hydroxide.
I've been working on the balanced equations, and I understand we're forming a Cu(OH)2 precipitate twice, (we dissolved it with excess ammonia the first time and reformed it with the NaOH).
We dissolve the Cu(OH)2 in 10% acetic acid solution to obtain the acetate product. I'm just wondering why dissolving the copper (II) sulfate directly in the acetic acid and skipping all the other steps wouldn't work.