I really appreciate the help. Thank you for anything you can give to help me out with this question.
Remember, always OR part of an ester comes from alcohol i.e in R’COOR
R’ come from carboxylic acid and R comes from alcohol
To find alcohol responsible for the formation of ester just add OH to R i.e ROH
R = C2H5 so alcohol is C2H5OH (ethanol)
acid (carboxylic acid) + alcohol gives ester
they gave you the acid, they gave you the ester, you can easily see the alcohol is ethanol
2C2H5COOH + 3C2H5OH = 3C2H5COOC2H5. Here’s what I got. It’s ethanol.
CH3CH2OH ie ethanol