Written Paper Section I Question 28 from the 2002 HSC Examination
Summary: (a) Define saponification and account for the cleaning action of soap. (b) Calculate the equilibrium constant for a reaction used to form sulfuric acid. (c) Describe the reaction when sulfuric acid is added to water; using equations, describe the use of sulfuric acid as an oxidising agent, a dehydrating agent and as a means of precipitating sulfates. (d) Outline a procedure to investigate an equilibrium reaction; explain how the reaction can be analysed quantitively. (e) Evaluate changes in the industrial production methods for sodium hydroxide.