Naming Covalent Molecules

On this single-page handout, careful chemists read about the system for naming covalent compounds. A chart of prefixes is provided, and exceptions to the rules are also given. At the bottom of the page are 11 molecules to practice naming, making this a support resource to hand out when teaching this skill to your class.

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Classroom Considerations

  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Instructions and practice problems are contained on a single sheet
Cons

  • Text assumes that learners are already familiar with naming ionic compounds, so you can only use this if that is the order in which you teach chemical nomenclature