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Naming Acids

Naming Acids

Author: Abigail Baker
Description:
  1. Provide naming rules for common acids such as HCl, HF, HCN, etc.

  2. Demonstrate how to write the formula for an acid when given the name.

This packet will help a learner seeking knowledge of how to name inorganic acids.

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Tutorial

How do I know it's an acid?

Given the FORMULA

  • the formula will typical begin with a Hydrogen ion (H+)
    • examples: HCl, HF, HCN
  • combinations to recognize:
    • Hydrogen + another element
    • Hydrogen + a polyatomic ion

Given the NAME

  • the name of the acid typically includes the term "acid" and ends with -ic or -ous
    • examples: hydrochloric acid, hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, sulfurous acid
  • combinations to recognize:
    • hydrochloric acid
    • nitric acid
    • sulfurous acid

 

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