Problem: What is the formula unit of sodium nitride?

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  • We’re being asked to figure out the molecular formula of sodium nitride. 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.

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What is the formula unit of sodium nitride?

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