How to Name Polyatomic Ions
Here are some simple rules for naming polyatomic ions.
Polyatomic ions with more oxygen atoms will end in -ate, and those with fewer oxygen atoms will end in -ite. When there are more than two polyatomic ions composed of the same elements, the prefix hypo- indicates the least number of oxygen atoms, and the prefix per- will indicate the most oxygen per ion.
|Less Oxygen||More Oxygen|
Look at the paradigm for chlorine oxyanions below. Continue reading