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: 2.77e



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There are no prefixes in front of the hydrogen, meaning that there is only one hydrogen. Cyanide is the name for the compound CN-. It makes sense that for every one hydrogen atom, there is one cyanide molecule. After all, the hydrogen ion has a charge of +1, and the cyanide ion has a charge of -1. Thus, the chemical formula for Hydrogen Cyanide is HCN, which is neutral.
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