Problem: Name each acid.H2CO3(aq)

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We have to write a name for the acid, H2CO3.


Recall that acids come in two different forms: Binary acids and Oxyacids (or oxoacids).

  • A binary acid is a compound that contains an H+ ion with a negative ion such as Cl- or Br-.
  • An oxyacid is a compound that contains an H+ ion connected to a polyatomic ion containing oxygen such as NO3- or SO42-.


H2CO3 is an oxyacid because it contains a polyatomic ion, carbonate (CO32-).

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Name each acid.

H2CO3(aq)

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