Problem: What are the names of the compounds a) SiO2, b) O2F2, and c) XeF6?

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We’re being asked to determine the name of a) SiO2, b) O2F2, and c) XeF6


Recall that a covalent compound is composed of nonmetals 

The rules for naming covalent compounds are as follows:

1. The first nonmetal is named normally and uses all numerical prefixes except mono.

2. The second nonmetal keeps its base name but has its ending change to –ide. It will also use any of the numerical prefixes.


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What are the names of the compounds a) SiO2, b) O2F2, and c) XeF6?

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