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'Ions and Compound Formulas'

  1. Aug 8, 2015 #1
    Hello, i am studying about ions and compounds currently and i wonder why do certain formulas are written in a certain order, for example: silver sulfide - why isn't it written as sulfide silver? or copper(II) chloride - could the chloride be written first?

    like everything in chemistry i'm sure it has a reason, and like i've learned before i won't try to give it my reasons :).

    hope someone could help,
    thanks :)
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