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Abstract Volume 12 Issue 5 (2007) pp 314-315

Who’s Coming to the Party—The Greeks, The Romans, Or Nobody? A Novel Way to Teach the Proper Use of Greek Prefixes and Roman Numerals in Naming Chemical Compounds

Jeffery A. Orvis* and Jessica N. Orvis

Department of Chemistry, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro GA, 30460
Received May 12, 2007. Accepted July 1, 2007.

Published online: 6 September 2007

Abstract. Students make many mistakes when first learning basic nomenclature of ionic and binary molecular compounds. One point of confusion often encountered is the use of Greek prefixes and Roman numerals in naming substances. A student-friendly method of teaching this material is described.

Key Words: In the Classroom; general chemistry

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Issue date: October 1, 2007

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