Name the ionic compounds:
The Attempt at a Solution
These problems are actually in a sample exercise so I already have the answers, I just am really lost in this section of chemical nomenclature.
First, at the start of the problem, the text states that "In naming ionic compounds, it is important to recognize polyatomic ions and to determine the charge of cations with variable charge."
I am lost at the bold statement.
What I do know is that polyatomic ions are molecules with a net charge, meaning the number of electrons and protons of the molecule as a whole are not equal.
I also know that cations are elements that have lost an electron (typically metals) and have thus taken on a positive charge. I also know that some cations can take on different levels of positive charge (ie, losing more than one electron). But I don't quite understand what to do with this information to answer the given questions.
Any tips on what I should be looking for to answer these questions?