What is X ?
Conc. sulphuric acid
Heating ethanol with concentrated sulphuric acid, results in the dehydration (removal of water) of ethanol to give ethene.
A sweet smelling compounds formed by reacting acetic acid with ethanol in the presence of sulphuric acid is
The X and Y form the above equation respectively are:
CH3COOC2H5 NaOH−−−−→X + Y