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Problem: Which statement best describes how to predict the formula of a stable ionic compound? A. Use the same number of cations as anions so that the compound is neutral.B. Use more cations than anions so that the compound is positively charged. C. Use enough cations and anions so that the total charge is zero. D. Use fewer cations than anions so that the compound is negatively charged.

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We are asked which statement best describes how to predict the formula of a stable ionic compound.


Analyze each: 

A. Use the same number of cations as anions so that the compound is neutral.

  • This is not the case for every molecule since you need to balance the charge and the charge for each ion is not the same.
  • False


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Which statement best describes how to predict the formula of a stable ionic compound? 

A. Use the same number of cations as anions so that the compound is neutral.

B. Use more cations than anions so that the compound is positively charged. 

C. Use enough cations and anions so that the total charge is zero. 

D. Use fewer cations than anions so that the compound is negatively charged.

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