Write an activity to show esterification reactions

  1. Take 1 ml of ethanol and 1 ml of glacial acetic acid along with a few drops of concentrated sulphuric acid in a test tube.
  2. Warm it in a water bath or a beaker containing water for at least five minutes.
  3. Pour the warm contents into a beaker containing 20-50 ml of water and observe the odour of the resulting mixture.
  4. We will notice that the resulting mixture is a sweet odoured substance.
  5. This substance is nothing but ethyl acetate, an ester.
  6. This reaction is called esterification reaction.