Problem: What is the name of the covalent compound N2O5?

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We have to name the binary compound N2O5.

Binary compounds are those compounds which are made up to 2 elements.

N2O5 is made up of two elements: Carbon and chlorine.


The names of covalent compounds are written using these rules:

  • The name of the element with lower electronegativity is written first.
  • The name of the element with higher electronegativity is modified by removing the ending from the name of the element and adding “ide”. For example oxygen becomes oxide.
  • The number of atoms are expressed using Latin numbers such as mono (1), di (2), tri (3), etc.


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What is the name of the covalent compound N2O5?

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