Science & NatureNaming Compounds
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This flowchart will tell you whether you need to use prefixes, Roman Numerals, or neither when you're naming compounds in Chemistry.

               
 
Polyatomic! (prefix: Y RN's: maybe)
YES
Are there more than two different elements?
NO
Do you have any metals?
 






YES


NO

 
 
Do you have a transition metal?
 
Covalent! (prefix: Y RN's: N)




YES


NO



 
Binary Ionic w/ Transition Metal! (prefix: N RN's: Y)
 
Binary Ionic! (prefix: N RN's: N)