Reaction speed and activation energy of acid hydrolysis of ethyl acetate


Ethyl acetate is hydrolysed in an acidic solution, following a law of speed of the first order in equal amounts of ethanol and acetic acid. Based on the calculation of the acetic acid formed, one can draw conclusions on the concentration of the ester in time. The reaction speed for this reaction is calculated at different temperatures and the activation energy is calculated.

Training program

  • Rate law for first order reactions
  • Arrhenius equation
  • Determination of the reaction constant for the acid hydrolysis of ethyl acetate at two or more temperatures
  • Calculation of the activation energy of the reaction starting from the temperature dependence of the measured reaction constants

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