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How familiar should we be with Naming compounds?

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:39 pm
by Maddy_Larson_2J
In some of the homework questions, I noticed it will write out names of compounds and ask us to write and balance the chemical equation. This made me wonder if I should be expected to know naming. If yes, does any one know any good resources (along with the course reader) for me to review this?
Thank you!

Re: How familiar should we be with Naming compounds?

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:53 pm
by Diana_Visco_1l
HI, in response to your question...To better understand the periodic table and trends, it is extremely helpful to know the name of common compounds and polyatomic ions. A few resources that have helped me over the few years when I have taken chemistry, include resources like Kahn Academy, Fernbank.edu, etc. There are many resources online to help with tips and tricks on memorizing compounds, but I believe the easiest way for me to remember compound naming is just through practice and the memorization of these compounds. For example, making flashcards of the most common compounds (i.e. glucose) and polyatomic ions (ammonium, nitrates) definitely helps. Also, every time you read a compound, in your head visualize how the compound can be written and said. Hope this helps!!

Re: How familiar should we be with Naming compounds?

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:55 pm
by Ariana de Souza 4C
Is it necessary to be fluent in nomenclature right now, or are we going to be going over it in lectures and discussion groups in the future?

Re: How familiar should we be with Naming compounds?

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:18 pm
by Dan_Jin_1K
Is there some special method that we can learn so that we can figure out how to write compounds based on the positivity/negativty of each element? For instance, for Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate, how can one figure out which elements are positive and which are negative, and the charges of the elements?

Re: How familiar should we be with Naming compounds?

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:41 pm
by Laine Gruver 3C
I'm not sure if this will be helpful to you, but I thought it was helpful in figuring out how to name compounds: http://www.chemteam.info/Nomenclature/H ... pounds.jpg

Re: How familiar should we be with Naming compounds?

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:15 pm
by Chem_Mod
As of now, you do not need to be an expert at naming compounds (just yet). We will learn how to name compounds later on in the course.

Re: How familiar should we be with Naming compounds?  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:28 pm
by Chem_Mod
See the examples listed in the course reader (high-school review section on how to name compounds).

As we progress through Chem 14A, especially Lewis structures, I will cover many names.

For now (e.g., quiz 1), all compounds will be given with the formula and name.

Re: How familiar should we be with Naming compounds?

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:15 am
by Joslyn_Santana_2B
For Quiz 1, then it would not be similar to all the homework questions only certain ones?

Since, in E9 it states: "Epsom salts consist of magnesium sulfate heptahydrate. Write its formula."

Re: How familiar should we be with Naming compounds?

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:57 pm
by Lyndon_Bui_3J
Will we need to know how to use prefixes and suffixes like hypo, ous, ic, etc. from our own reading and reviewing or will that be covered in class/discussion?