Acetic Acid

ethanoic acid

Chemical formual

The acid that gives vinegar its characteristics taste. The pure acid is a colorless viscous liquid or glassy solid.

3 uses of the chemical

Acetic acid is used in the production of vinyl acetate monomer, closely followed by acetic anhydride and ester production. The volume of acetic acid used in vinegar is comparatively small.

3 physical or chemical properties of the chemical

3 physical or chemical properties of the chemical

Some Physical properties are Acetic acid is a colorless liquid; with a strong vinegar-like odor. It is flammable, and at temperatures warmer than 39°C, explosive vapor/air mixtures may be formed. Acetic acid is considered a volatile organic compound by the National Pollutant Inventory. Acetic acid is gyroscopic, meaning that it tends to absorb moisture. It mixes with ethyl alcohol, glycerol, ether, carbon tetra chloride and water and reacts with oxidants and bases.

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3 other facts not already presented

1. It is a colorless liquid thaat when undiluted is also called glacial acetic acid.


2. Although it is classified as a weak acid, concentrated acetic acid is corrosive and can attack the skin.t when undiluted is also called glacial acetic acid.


3. Acetic acid is the second simplest carboxylic acid