Vinegar and Baking Soda Reaction
Date: Around 1999
Is the reaction between baking soda and vinegar a
No. Combustion is an oxidation-reduction reaction; the reaction between
baking soda and vinegar is an acid-base reaction followed by the dissolution
of a gas.
HOAc + NaHCO3 --> NaOAc + H2CO3
H2CO3 --> H2O + CO2(gas)
Here, "Ac" is an abreviation for acetate, CH3CO2.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
No, it's an acid-base reaction followed by a decomposition reaction.
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