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On questions like problem H3 on the homework this week, I was wondering if there was a specific order we should write our equations in? For example, would it matter if it was SiH4 or H4Si. It's been a minute since I've taken a chemistry class so I cant remember.
Usually when writing the formula for compounds, you write the cation (atom that is positively charged and this is usually a metal) followed by the anion (atom that is negatively charged and this is usually a nonmetal). In the case of SiH4, Si should be written first since it a metal that has a charge of +4 (cation), while hydrogen should come after since it is a nonmetal that has a charge of -1 (anion).
There is a specific order when writing out chemical formulas. For instance, C6H12O6 (glucose) is never written like H12O6C6. Out of convention, carbon is always the first atom to be listed in chemical formulas and hydrogens are next. Other atoms are listed alphabetically thereafter.
According to the Hill System, you're supposed to put C carbon first, then Hydrogen, then all the other elements in alphabetical order. But if there is no Carbon the formula, then all the elements are written in alphabetical order.
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