Learning to Name and Write Formulas:

- Determining the type of compound you are working with.

- Applying the rules for naming or formula writing for that type of compound.

- Practicing until it becomes second nature.

Determining if a Compound has Covalent Bonds: Examples

Covalent compounds are made up a non-metal and a non-metal. Because their bonding involves the sharing of valence electrons we do not need to consider the charge when we write the name or chemical formula. Instead we use prefixes (like mono, di, tri ...). But the first step in naming or formula writing is determining when you have a compound that has covalent bonds.

In the video below examples of compounds with covalent bonds are described. Be sure to pause the video and try the practice problems to help you learn and remember!

Video: Covalent Bond Examples

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You can also get lots of practice by visiting The Name-inator website to practicd determining whether a compound is ionic, covalent (molecular) ...