Problem: What is the correct formula for potassium sulfite?

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We are asked to determine the chemical formula of an ionic compound with polyatomicsPotassium Sulfite.


Polyatomic ionic compounds have the following features:

  • positive metal (Cation)
  • 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 correct formula for potassium sulfite?

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