Naming Covalent Compounds
We also need to take up the matter of naming covalent compounds. Covalent compounds are named in different ways than are ionic compounds (although there is some overlap). Many of these compounds have common names such as "methane", "ammonia" and "water". However, simple covalent compounds are generally named by using prefixes to indicate how many atoms of each element are shown in the formula. Also, the ending of the last (most negative) element is changed to -ide.
At this time, try the following practice problems (also found in exercise 12 in the workbook).
Name the following compounds.
hydrogen monoiodide (This compound also is often called by its simple name, hydrogen iodide.)
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Clackamas Community College