Learning Chemical Formulas. Simple Ionic Compounds. Concept: Ionic Formulas are formed from positive and negative ions. Fact 1: Positive ions are formed by metals that lost electrons. Examples: Na 1+ Mg 2+ A 3+ P 4+. Simple Ionic Compounds.
Ionic Formulas are formed from positive and negative ions.
Positive ions are formed by metals that lost electrons.
Examples: Na1+ Mg2+ A3+ P4+
The overall charge of ionic compounds must equal zero.
Examples : Na1+ Cl1- Ca2+Br1- Al3+O2-
Polyatomic ions are groups of atoms that behave as one unit.
Some ions have more that one atom but their overall charge can be determined.
Examples: (SO4) = S +6 and O -8 = -2
(NO3)= N +5 and O -6 = -1
(NH4) = N -3 and H +4 = +1
Fact 5: These group ions, polyatomic ions, are treated like single ions in formulas, but must have parentheses when more than one is used in a formula.
Examples: Ca2+(NO3) 1-2 Ga3+ (SO4) 2-
The polyatomic ions are named based on the atoms that they contain. Those with oxygen and another nonmetal are often name "____ate" with the root of the other nonmetal in the blank.
Examples: (NO3)1- is nitrate
(SO4)2- is sulfate
(ClO3) 1- is chlorate
Those polyatomic ions with one oxygen less than the "ate" ions are named "----ite" ions.
Examples: (NO2)1- is nitrite
(SO3)2- is sulfite
(ClO2)1- is chlorite
Some polyatomic ions contain a regular polyatomic ion and one or more hydrogen ions. Each hydrogen that is present add one positive charge to the total charge.
Examples: (SO4)2-becomes H(SO4)1-
(SO3)2- becomes H(SO3)-1
(CO3)2- becomes H(CO31-
(PO4)3- becomes H(PO4)2-
These ion groups are named hydrogen ____
or bi ______.
Examples: H(CO3)1- is called hydrogen carbonate or bicarbonate
H(SO4) 1- is called hydrogen sulfate or bisulfate
Transition metals have electrons in d orbitals and can donate different numbers of electrons, thus giving them several different positive charges.
These can be determined from the Roman numeral which is written next to the metal's name.
Example: Cu1+is Copper I
Pb2+is Lead II
Fe3+is Iron III
Sn4+s Tin IV
These transition metals are used in formulas just like other metals, once the charge is determined from the Roman numeral in the name.
Example: Cu1+ Cl1- Pb2+O2-
A few transition metal ions only have one charge and never change so they can be written without a Roman numeral in their formula name.
Example: Ag1+ Zn2+ Cd2+
Concept: Correctly written chemical formulas hold a large amount of information for the prepared student to find.
The subscripts tell us the number of atoms of each kind that is present in the compound.
Example: NaCl has one atom of sodium and one atom of chlorine.
H2SO4 has two atoms of hydrogen, one atom of sulfur and four atoms of oxygen
The sum of the atomic masses times the number of atoms of each kind of element is equal to the mass of one mole of the substance.
Examples: Na = 23g/mol and Cl = 35.5g/mol so NaCl has a molar mass of 58.5g/mol
Nitric acid is HNO3so its molar mass is
H = 1 x 1 = 1
N = 14 x 1 = 14
O = 16 x 3 = 48
Total = 63g/mol
From the formula ion charges, also called oxidation numbers, can be determined using simple math processes.
Example:Fe2O3 is iron oxide, but what is the charge of the iron in this formula? It is known that the oxygen's ionic charge is -2 so substitute in that charge and find the iron's ionic charge.
Fe--2O-23 It is clear that the missing charge is +3.
Thus the complete name of this compound is
iron III oxide.