Problem: What is the ionic charge on the zirconium ion in the ionic compound zirconium oxide, ZrO2?

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We are asked to determine the charge of zirconium (Zr) in zirconium oxide (ZrO2).


A binary ionic compound with polyatomics has the following features:

  • A metal or a positive polyatomic species (Cation)
  • A nonmetal or negative polyatomic species (Anion)


Rules for Naming:

1. The metal or the positive polyatomic species 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 nonmetal retains its base name followed by the suffix -ide while the negative polyatomic species retains its name.

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What is the ionic charge on the zirconium ion in the ionic compound zirconium oxide, ZrO2?

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