Example #1


Example #1


EXAMPLE  - Naming Oxyacids:    

Write the names that correspond to the formulas HIO3, HIO, and HC2H3O2.

Solution: The first step in writing a name from a chemical formula is to decide which type of compound the formula represents. All three of these formulas represent oxyacids.

The name for IO3- is iodate, so HIO3 is iodic acid. 

HIO has two fewer oxygen atoms than iodic acid, so it is hypoiodous acid.

The name of the oxyanion C2H3O2- is acetate, so HC2H3O2 is acetic acid. CH3CO2H and CH3COOH are also commonly used as formulas for acetic acid.

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