Problem: Use the appropriate naming convention (for ionic or molecular substances) to assign a name to each of the compounds ClF3 and VF3.

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We have to write appropriate names for ClF3 and VF3.


A compound that is made from a metal and a nonmetal is named as an ionic compound.

  • We will name VF3 as an ionic compound.

A compound that is made from two nonmetals is named as a covalent compound.

  • We will name ClF3 as a covalent compound.


The rules for naming of ionic compounds are:

  • The metal keeps its name and is named and written first.
    • For transition metals, we use Roman numerals to denote its charge.
  • The nonmetal keeps its base name but has its ending change to –ide.
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Use the appropriate naming convention (for ionic or molecular substances) to assign a name to each of the compounds ClF3 and VF3.

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