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Steven S. Zumdahl
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Steven S. Zumdahl
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Textbook Problem

Oxalic acid is often used to remove rust stains. What properties of oxalic acid allow it to do this?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The application of oxalic acid for the removal of rust stains is given. The property that corresponds to the rust removing action of oxalic acid is to be stated.

Concept introduction: Oxalic acid has one of the important applications as a rust and ink stain remover because it has a tendency to convert insoluble compounds of iron into soluble one.

To determine: The property that corresponds to the rust removing action of oxalic acid.

Explanation

Explanation

The reaction of rust with oxalic acid produces a complex [Fe(C2O4)3]3 that is colorless and is water soluble and therefore it can be easily washed away. The reaction of rust with oxalic acid is represented as,

Fe2O3(s)+6H2C2

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