Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 2 - Atoms, Molecules, and Ions - Exercises - Page 77: 2.75f



Work Step by Step

Sulfite anion ($SO_{3}^{2-}$) has a -2 charge. In order to form an acid, hydrogen ions are needed. Hydrogen ion has a +1 charge. In order to balance it, 2 atoms of hydrogen ions are needed. Thus, the formula will be $H_{2}SO_{3}$. When naming, -ite in sulfite is changed to -ous and acid is added at the end. Therefore, the name will be sulfurous acid.
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