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Chapter 7: Chemical Nomenclature

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

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Chapter Overview

Nomenclature is the systematic technique of naming compounds based on well-established rules. The nomenclature of inorganic compounds depends on whether the substance is an ionic compound or a molecular compound. The formula of an ionic compound must involve a ratio of cations to anions that makes the compound electrically neutral. Ionic compounds may be binary or ternary, in which one or more polyatomic ions is present. Molecular compound nomenclature uses prefixes to indicate the number of each atom present in the compound. Acids and bases are an important class of compounds that have specific nomenclature rules as well.

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Pacing the Lessons

Pacing the Lessons

Lesson Class Period(s) (60 min)
7.1 Ionic Compounds 3-4
7.2 Molecular Compounds 1
7.3 Acids and Bases 1

Chemistry Concepts

The table below matches each lesson from the FlexBook® student edition to the Chemistry Concepts.

FlexBook® Lesson Chemistry Concepts
7.1 Ionic Compounds 7.1-7.10
7.2 Molecular Compounds 7.11
7.3 Acids and Bases 7.12-7.13

Chapter Outline

Chapter Summary

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Difficulty Level:

At Grade

Date Created:

Jul 25, 2014

Last Modified:

Apr 24, 2015
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