Asked in Periodic TableSalt (Sodium Chloride)
Salt (Sodium Chloride)
How do the formulas of salts relate to their names?
January 02, 2015 5:45PM
The name is formed from the name of the cation and a name
derived from the initial acid, with the suffix -ide or -ate;
* NaCl - sodium chloride
* NaC7H5O2 - sodium benzoate
How do the formulas for atomic salts relate to their names?
Salts get their name because it comes from the latin name saltier. The formulas for atomic salts relate to their names because their names are a direct reflection of what they're made from. An atomic salt is named after its components, and those components can be deduced by looking at the name of the salt.
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