What is the name of the compound #Ca(NO_3)_2#?
The name of the compound
An ionic compound, is a compound that contains a metal element in its formula unit. Metal elements are found to the left of the stairs in a periodic table ( refer to the periodic table at the end of this answer ).
This is an ionic compound that is named in general as follows:
- The cation (positive ion) which is represented by the metal is listed
- the name of the metal stays the same (as you could see here, it is
- The anion is listed second. In this case, it is a polyatomic anion which is the nitrate
If the anion is a monatomic ion, for example
If the metal is a transition metal, we should add a roman number which represent its oxidation number.
Of course, this is a big lesson to explain in few lines, but I thing this will help you to start learning how to name ionic compounds.