waheguru
  • waheguru
I have a question about naming molecular compounds we usually add a ide in the ending for the second elelemtn but what if there is only one element for example 03 would it be trioxygen or trioxide
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waheguru
  • waheguru
So do I add the ide as the ending for oxygen if it is the only element or do i make a trioxygen
zepp
  • zepp
It would be Trioxide of ________ if you were talking about some compound
waheguru
  • waheguru
It is a compound with is self

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waheguru
  • waheguru
three oxygens
zepp
  • zepp
Although, if you want to talk about \(\large \text{O}_3\), it would be trioxygen
waheguru
  • waheguru
yes 03,
zepp
  • zepp
So trioxygen would be correct and for my previous post, it should be _____ trioxide, my bad.
waheguru
  • waheguru
So its tripxygen because there is only one compound right?
zepp
  • zepp
Yes, in this case we could simply call it ozone ;x
waheguru
  • waheguru
But say it was CO then it would be carbon oxide right
zepp
  • zepp
Yes
zepp
  • zepp
Monoxide*
waheguru
  • waheguru
Just clarifying, for any compound that is with it self does not have the ending of ide but if it with a different compound then is does
zepp
  • zepp
Mono - 1 Di - 2 Tri - 3 Tetra - 4 Penta - 5 and so on.
waheguru
  • waheguru
yes
zepp
  • zepp
What do you mean?
waheguru
  • waheguru
So if an element is bonded with it self we dont add the ide but when its bonded with another we add the ide
zepp
  • zepp
Just for some on the elements, not all elements are like this
zepp
  • zepp
It's just a language thing, we add the ide because gen doesn't sound right sometimes
waheguru
  • waheguru
n2 would be dinitrogen right?
zepp
  • zepp
Yep
waheguru
  • waheguru
Thank You!
zepp
  • zepp
Welcome! :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
There's a modern trend to naming allotropes of elements where there are identifiable molecules as if they were compounds, hence O2 is "dioxygen" and N2 is "dinitrogen" and so forth. But few chemists actually use those names. To most working chemists, O2 is "oxygen" and N2 is "nitrogen," because that's how the elements naturally occur. If you actually had some O you would call it "atomic oxygen" or something like that, because it's a rare and strange beast. It also runs into a little trouble with some elements, e.g. sulfur naturally occurs as S8 and phosphorus as P4, and saying "octasulfur" and "tetraphosphorus" sounds...well, strange. Then we get into the fact that one of the allotropes of carbon is C60....

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