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why does ester react with NaOH and not Na

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i attempted this question believing that is was naoh and na(s) had the same properties and would react simliarly to the ester. i was found to be wrong. why?

 

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What properties are you referring to? Hydroxide is a nucleophyle, sodium is an electron donor.

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Well, the first question is what do you think Na and NaOH do to an ester?

 

 

well, naoh i believe reacts to form alcohol and ch3ch2oNa with reacted with an ester. the alcohol comes from the ethyl part of the ester

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And what do you think Na metal does?

 

Also, small point of contention, it's really bugging me that you don't write the elemental symbols with their appropriate capital letters.

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I thought you could get a radical reaction using Na in EtOH.

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