What are the prefixes for naming molecular compounds?

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May 28, 2017


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Here's a list of the prefixes:
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The prefixes you would use depend on the subscripts in the compound. Depending on your chemistry class, you probably only have to remember up to hexa-. An important note is that if the first element only has 1 molecule (or no subscript) you don't put the prefix mono- but do for the second element:

For example, #"CO"# is written as Carbon #color(red)"mono"#xide NOT #color(red)"mono"#carbon #color(red)"mono"#xide