Chemistry (4th Edition)

Published by McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
ISBN 10: 0078021529
ISBN 13: 978-0-07802-152-7

Chapter 2 - Section 2.7 - Molecules and Molecular Compounds - Checkpoint - Page 69: 2.7.3



Work Step by Step

If the first element has no prefix, then we know that there is only one atom of that element in the compound. In carbon tetrachloride, we know that there is only one atom of carbon. The prefix for the second element is "tetra," which means "four." Therefore, we have four atoms of chlorine. The correct formula for carbon tetrachloride is CCl$_{4}$.
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