What is the correct name for #MgF_2#?
Magnesium (II) fluoride or simply magnesium fluoride
Simple salts such as this (that is, those with only cation (positively charged species) and one anion (negatively charged species)) have the nomenclature given by
We know from the compound given that the metal is magnesium, the anion is fluoride and that the charge of the metal is
two, or II, so we can build the name to be
Magnesium (II) fluoride.
But since magnesium is usually either found as a metal (charge 0) or as a salt in charge (II), we can omit the charge, so saying