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This tag should be used for questions about the naming of compounds and elements, usually using systematic names according to IUPAC recommendations, but also using retained traditional names.

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I was solving questions on the MSU website on organic nomenclature. Out of the following questions, I got only the first and last one right. Where am I going wrong with the others?Hints would suffice. EDIT:I got the second one correct as well. (2)----7,7-Dichloro-4-ethyl-3,3,8-trimethyl-4-propyldecane …
asked Feb 16 '16 by Karan Singh
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In inorganic chemistry, when is the prefix meta used? (as in metaborate and metasulphite) What about the terms pyro and ortho (as in orthophosphorous acid)? For example, I recently came to know about …
asked Nov 11 '15 by Karan Singh
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Why does o-toluidine have 2-aminomethylbenzene as its IUPAC name? Why isn't it named as a derivative of amine (like 2-methylaniline)? Aren't amines given a higher priority than alkanes in nomenclature? See the Priority Chart given on Master Organic Chemistry for reference. …
asked Mar 7 '16 by Karan Singh
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Why are the $d$-orbitals so named? The naming of $p$-orbitals is fine. I can easily name any p orbital according to the axis along which it is oriented. But what about $d$- orbitals? Why are there su …
asked Oct 12 '15 by Karan Singh