There are different rules for naming covalent vs ionic compounds. One of the reasons is that molecules of ionic compounds interact differently from covalent compounds, and often can interact with each other in addition to how the ions interact within the molecule. The interactions can be quite complex and you will learn more about them if you take higher level chemistry courses.
If we are only naming the compounds, however, the naming process is quite basic.
Things you should know after today:
- how to give the name of a covalent compound using the chemical formula
- write the chemical formula if you know the covalent compound's name
- Workbook p71-72