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.

Using the Periodic Table to Identify Metals, Nonmetals, and Metalloids

In order to successfully name chemical compounds you'll need to be able to tell the difference between metals, nonmetals, and metalloids using the Periodic Table. Fortunately metals, nonmetals, and metalloids follow a pattern on the Periodic Table follows a pattern. The video below describes the pattern as well as providing some practice to help you remember.

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Once you can easily determine if an element is a metal, nonmetal, or metalloid you can then determine the type of compound. Follow the rules in the video below (be sure to pause and try and answer the practice questions in the video) to learn how to find the type of chemical compound from the name or chemical formula.

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Examples of Ionic Bonds

Examples of Covalent Bonds (Molecular)

You can also get lots of practice by visiting The Name-inator website where they have an interactive feature to help you practice and learn to identify the type of compound.