What are the primary rules for naming covalent formulas?

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Answer:

There are a number of things to consider. I'll focus on naming binary molecular compounds. (Just two elements)

Explanation:

  1. Must include two non-metallic elements
  2. Name of second element has name change to use "ide" ending
  3. First element needs no prefix if there is only one
  4. First element needs a prefix if there are more than two of that element
  5. Second element always needs a prefix

Prefixes:
1 - mono
2 - di
3 - tri
4 - tetra
5 - penta
6 - hexa
7 - hepta
8 - octa
9 - nona
10 - deca

This video discusses how to name binary molecular compounds which have covalent bonding.

Hope this helps!