Answer to Question #21217 in Organic Chemistry for mahesh

Question #21217
the compound reacts with na2co3 and gives co2 and gives ppt when treated with tollens reagent 1.formic acid 2. acetone 3.acetamide 4. acetaldehyde
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2012-12-25T09:58:35-0500
Formic acid is unique amongst simple carboxylic acids since it contains a hydrogen atom instead of an alkyl group(H-COOH, all other carboxylic acid contains an alkyl group attached to C instead of hydrogen on left side)....thus formic acid may be regarded both as an aldehyde (with Tollens reagent) as well as a carboxylic acid (with Na2CO3 and gives CO2).

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