Writing Formulae

Writing formulae

In Introducing Physical and Chemical Change, we learnt about the writing of chemical formulae. The table below shows some of the common anions and cations that you should know.

Name of compound ion

formula

Name of compound ion

formula

Acetate (ethanoate)

\(\text{CH}_{3}\text{COO}^{-}\)

Manganate

\(\text{MnO}_{4}^{2-}\)

Ammonium

\(\text{NH}_{4}^{+}\)

Nitrate

\(\text{NO}_{3}^{-}\)

Carbonate

\(\text{CO}_{3}^{2-}\)

Nitrite

\(\text{NO}_{2}^{-}\)

Chlorate

\(\text{ClO}_{3}^{-}\)

Oxalate

\(\text{C}_{2}\text{O}{4}^{2-}\)

Chromate

\(\text{CrO}_{4}^{-}\)

Oxide

\(\text{O}_{2}^{-}\)

Cyanide

\(\text{CN}^{-}\)

Permanganate

\(\text{MnO}_{4}^{-}\)

Dihydrogen phosphate

\(\text{H}_{2}\text{PO}_{4}^{-}\)

Peroxide

\(\text{O}_{2}^{2-}\)

Hydrogen carbonate

\(\text{HCO}_{3}^{-}\)

Phosphate

\(\text{PO}_{4}^{3-}\)

Hydrogen phosphate

\(\text{HPO}_{4}^{3-}\)

Phosphide

\(\text{P}^{3-}\)

Hydrogen sulphate

\(\text{HSO}_{4}^{-}\)

Sulphate

\(\text{SO}_{4}^{2-}\)

Hydrogen sulphite

\(\text{HSO}_{3}^{-}\)

Sulphide

\(\text{S}^{2-}\)

Hydroxide

\(\text{OH}^{-}\)

Sulphite

\(\text{SO}_{3}^{2-}\)

Hypochlorite

\(\text{ClO}^{-}\)

Thiosulphate

\(\text{S}_{2}\text{O}_{3}^{2-}\)

Table: Table showing common compound ions and their formulae

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