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A gas is evolved when Ethanol reacts with Sodium. Name the gas evolved and also write the balanced chemical equation of the reaction involved?


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The gas evolved when Ethanol reacted with Sodium:

  • Ethanol is an Alcohol having a molecular formula, C2H5OH.
  • It basically reacts with Sodium metals to form sodium alkoxide and Hydrogen gas gets evolved during the process.

The balanced chemical equation of the reaction:

  • Ethanol reacts with Sodium metal to form Sodium ethoxide along with the evolution of hydrogen gas.
  • The balanced chemical equation of the given reaction can be written as:

2C2H5OH(aq)(Ethanol)+2Na(s)Sodium2C2H5ONa(aq)Sodiumethoxide+H2(g)
Hence, the gas evolved when Ethanol reacted with Sodium is Hydrogen gas, for which the balanced reaction has been given above.


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