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Chemistry: 1,001 Practice Problems For Dummies by Richard H. Langley, Heather Hattori

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Chapter 6

Ionic Bonding

Ionic compounds usually contain a metal (from the left side of the periodic table) and a nonmetal (from the right side of the periodic table, other than the noble gases). Some ionic compounds contain polyatomic ions, such as the sulfate ion SO42–. Ternary compounds technically contain three elements; however, more may be present. The names of ionic compounds consist of two or more words. The last word in the name of a binary compound has an -ide suffix. The last word in the name of a ternary compound usually has an -ite or an -ate suffix. Pure acids are generally not ionic, but they produce ions in solution.

The Problems You’ll Work On

In this chapter, you work with ionic bonding in the following ways:

check.png Naming binary compounds

check.png Naming ternary compounds

check.png Writing formulas for ionic compounds

Note: See the Appendix if you need to check the periodic table.

What to Watch Out For

Remember the following when working on ionic bonding problems:

check.png The names of inorganic compounds normally consist of two words.

All simple binary compounds have an -ide suffix on the second ...

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