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 the Type of a Chemical Compound

There are a number of different types of chemical compounds you need to know in order to successfully name and write chemical formulas. You must first know the type of compound before you can correctly write the name or chemical formula.

You'll need a Periodic Table to figure out 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.