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- Nope, acetate is one of those terms IUPAC retains as a special case: see this.
The text states that Ammonium acetate is volatile at low pressures (temperatures?), but the info box does not give a boiling point, stating that it decomposes. Presumably what is meant is that ammonium acetate decomposes (into acetamide and water) which are volatile? It is also not clear to me if this volatility refers to its properties in aqueous solution, or the pure substance. I think a bit of expert help would be useful here to add clarity.
The volatility of ammonium acetate is due to equilibrium between the salt and the more volatile ammonia/acetic acid. So, you can remove ammonium acetate from samples at low pressures/temperatures (far lower than those needed to convert it to acetamide and water). At atmospheric pressure, I'm guessing the temperatures required to drive off the ammonia/acetic acid are much higher than what is required for the decomposition reaction. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2607:F140:400:1:A00F:8842:BA3B:C077 (talk) 22:05, 14 August 2012 (UTC)
"Ammonium acetate is a chemical compound with the formula NH4C2H3O2 (or C2H4O2.NH3 or C2H7NO2). It is a white solid and can be derived from the reaction of ammonia and acetic acid."
Why isn't the chemical equation listed (or linked to) anywhere?
I'm guessing it's HC2H3O2(aq) + NH3(aq) → NH4C2H3O2