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Naming Nonorganic Compounds

  1. Feb 15, 2004 #1


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    Is there a definitive guide to naming nonorganic compounds. Preferable some type of flow chart diagram of some sort. I can't imagine how many times an experiment went horrible wrong because of the illogical nature of the naming system.
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  3. Feb 17, 2004 #2


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    One thing chemistry definitely has are good naming rules for everything! IUPAC rules are the standard. I actually think nomenclature for inorganic compounds is far more straightforward than for organic compounds. Trouble usually arises when folks use non-systemic names (in other words, common names...sort of the equivalent to biologists calling a dog a dog rather than by a species name Canis familiaris...you've never heard a chemist talking about dihydrogen oxide, they call it water too). Of course, when in doubt, skip the name and use the chemical formula...much more unambiguous.
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