# Write a reaction that shows what happens when methanol is

Write a reaction that shows what happens when methanol is treated with potassium hydroxide?
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Annie Gonzalez

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$\begin{array}{c}C{H}_{3}OH\\ 15.2\end{array}+KOH⇒C{H}_{3}OK+\begin{array}{c}{H}_{2}O\\ 15.7\end{array}$
As we Know
higher the pKa, weaker will be acid here methanol reacts with a string base KOH to from salt (potassium methoxide) water
From standard pKa value it is clear that $C{H}_{3}OH$ is a stronger acis than ${H}_{2}O$, hence it reacts with base.

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Kayla Kline
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Alcohols in strong basic medium exist as an alkoxide ion. The reaction is given as:
$ROH+O{H}^{-}⇒R{O}^{-}+{H}_{2}O$
So, when methanol is treated with KOH, it gives aqueous solution of potassium methoxide and along with a water molecule. The chemical reaction is given as:
$C{H}_{3}OH+KOH⇒C{H}_{3}{O}^{-}{K}^{+}+{H}_{2}O$