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Write balanced chemical equations for the following:
(i) Action of sodium metal on ethanol
(ii) Action of zinc dust on phenol


Solution

i) Action of sodium on ethyl alcohol (Ethanol)
When Ethanol is treated with sodium metal sodium 
ethoxide obtained with the liberation of Hydrogen gas.
$$2C_2H_5-OH+2Na\longrightarrow \underset{\text{sodium ethoxide}}{2C_2H_5ONa}+H_2$$
ii) When $$Zn$$ dust reacts with Phenol it gives benzene as a product.

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