Chemistry (12th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0132525763
ISBN 13: 978-0-13252-576-3

Chapter 9 - Chemical Names and Formulas - 9 Assessment: 64

Answer

All ionic compounds are neutral. Because transition metal may have several oxidation states, it may be tricky to determine their charge in a compound. We do this by first determining the charge of the other(s) ion(s) in the compound. Usually, we will have only anions. When we have determined the charge of everything but the transition metal, we can add the charges and then find a number that would make the net charge equal to zero. This last number is the charge of the transition metal.

Work Step by Step

All ionic compounds are neutral. Because transition metal may have several oxidation states, it may be tricky to determine their charge in a compound. We do this by first determining the charge of the other(s) ion(s) in the compound. Usually, we will have only anions. When we have determined the charge of everything but the transition metal, we can add the charges and then find a number that would make the net charge equal to zero. This last number is the charge of the transition metal.
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