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Homework Help: Definition of compound and acidity impact

  1. Jun 7, 2014 #1
    Hi, I was studying the impact of electronegativity in a row of the periodic table on the acidity of compounds.
    I came upon a problem of definition: what exactly is a compound? Does it have to be electrically neutral AT ALL TIMES?
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  3. Jun 18, 2014 #2


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    As far as I can tell there is no IUPAC definition of what a compound is. I would say it is neutral (which can mean it is a pair of ion/counterion), as charged polyatomic objects are named molecular entities.
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