What is the formula for calcium acetate?

1 Answer
Apr 17, 2018

Answer:

#C_4H_6CaO_4# or #Ca(CH_3COO)_2#

Explanation:

In here, calcium is the cation, and has a charge of #2+#, while the acetate anion contains a charge of #1-#, and so two acetate ions balance out one calcium ion.

And so, the formula would be

#Ca(OAc)_2#

Acetate ion has the chemical formula of #CH_3COO^-#.

And so, we get:

#Ca(CH_3COO)_2#

We can either keep it like this or simplify it.

If we want to simplify it, it becomes:

#Ca(C_2H_3O_2)_2#

#CaC_4H_6O_4#

And then, we can rewrite it into:

#C_4H_6CaO_4#