What is the name of the ionic compound LiF?

1 Answer
Jun 14, 2014

LiF is lithium fluoride.

This is an example of a binary ionic compound, which consists of two elements, a cation and anion.

Since lithium, the metal has a plus one charge, and fluoride, a nonmetal, has a negative charge, these two ions are held together through an ionic bond.

A binary ionic compound is made of a metal and nonmetal.
The name of the metal, the cation, is written as the name of the element. In this case, Li is written as lithium. The nonmetal is not written as fluorine, but, rather has an"ide" suffix.