Problem: How do you write the formula for calcium fluoride?

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The given ion has a –1 charge, which means it gained 1 electron; remember that electrons are negatively charged. A negatively-charged ion is an anion while a positively-charged ion is a cation.


Recall that in a neutral element the number of protons and electrons are equal. This means Br has 35 electrons as a neutral element, but since we have an ion, the total number of electrons is 35 + 1 = 36 electrons.



The rules for naming binary ionic compounds are as follows:


1. The metal keeps its name and is named and written first.

– For transition metals, we use Roman numerals to denote its charge.

2. The nonmetal keeps its base name but has its ending change to –ide.


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How do you write the formula for calcium fluoride?

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