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Textbook Problem

What small inorganic molecule is always a product of carboxylic acid decarboxylation reaction?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The small inorganic molecule that is always a product when carboxylic acid undergoes decarboxylation reaction has to be given.

Concept Introduction:

The carboxylate ions play key roles in many reactions that occur within human body.  Generally the carboxyl functional group is not reduced or oxidized.  Apart from oxidation and reduction, the carboxylic acid undergoes decarboxylation reaction.  In this reaction the carboxylic acid gets converted to smaller organic molecule and a molecule of carbon dioxide.  The general reaction scheme for this reaction can be given as shown below,

Organic And Biological Chemistry, Chapter 5, Problem 5.73EP

Explanation

Carboxylic acid undergoes decarboxylation reaction to give smaller organic molecule and carbon dioxide as the product.  The general reaction scheme can be represented as shown below,

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