Explain how to name binary ionic compounds. How do you name an ionic compound if it contains a polyatomic ion?

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To name a binary ionic compound, you write down name of the cation (metal) + the base name of anion (non-metal) + ide

For example, CaO  is Calcium + Ox + ide , or Calcium Oxide

Polyatomic ions are named the same way, except the name of the polyatomic ion is used instead of the anion + ide

For example NaNO3 is Sodium+Nitrate , or Sodium Nitrate
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