CHEMISTRY SSS3 First term
Students should be able to:
- Explain the preparation of soap.
- Draw the structure of soap.
- Explain the action of soap as an emulsifying agent.
Each soap molecule has a long hydrocarbon chain, sometimes called its 'tail', with a carboxylate 'head'. In water, the sodium or potassium ions float free, leaving a negatively-charged head.
Preparation of soap
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