Problem: What is the correct name for Sn3(PO4)2?

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We’re being asked to provide the correct name for Sn3(PO4)2. 


The rules for naming binary ionic compounds with metal and polyatomics are as follows:


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

  • For transition metals, Group 3A and 4A metals, we use Roman numerals to denote its charge 

2. The negative polyatomic species retains its name.

  • Polyatomic Anions

PO43-    phosphate  

OCNcyanate

CO32- carbonate

SO32- sulfite

SO42- sulfate

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What is the correct name for Sn3(PO4)2?

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