Naming Compounds

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Naming Compounds

Postby Alexandra_Cooper_4H » Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:02 am

When naming a compound I understand that sometimes that last portion ends in -ate, however, could someone explain to me when one would end a compound name in -ate? For instance, I was working on problems and one answer ended in -chromium while another compound also containing chromium ended in -chromate and I didn't understand why they were different. (I don't have the exact problems with me, apologies). Also, if this could be explained in simple terms that would be greatly appreciated! Think like you're explaining it to a student who needs chemistry, but is really a social science person...

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Re: Naming Compounds

Postby Allison Suzuki 2B » Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:27 am

The only compounds that should end in -ate are the ones that have a negative charge. So if a compound looks like [xx]2-, it will have the suffix -ate.

Hope this helps!

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