Problem: What is the chemical formula for sodium sulfite?

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We are asked to determine the chemical formula of an ionic compound with polyatomics, calcium sulfite.

Polyatomic ionic compounds have the following features:

  • A positive metal (Cation)
  • A negative polyatomic species. (Anion)

Rules for Naming:

1. The metal is named and written first.

If the metal is a transition metal, we must use a Roman Numeral to describe its positive charge.

2. The negative polyatomic species retains its name.

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What is the chemical formula for sodium sulfite?

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