Hello. This is probably a stupid question but I just can't see it.
Reagents: Pentanol & CH3COOH
Destillation products: H20, pentanol and amyl acetate.
They ask me why it's needed to add water free K2CO3 to the products.
I think that it reacts with the pentanol to make CH3COO- K+ but I don't see why.
Any help greatly appreciated.