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Write the chemical formula of the compound potassium chloride in a step-by-step manner.


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Solution

The symbol of potassium is ‘K' taken from the Latin word ‘Kalium’'

The symbol of chloride is ‘Cl’.

The chemical formula of potassium chloride

Step 1:–

Write the formula of potassium chloride:

Symbol Valency

Potassium K 1+

Chloride Cl 1-

Step 2:–

Write each symbol with its valency:

K1+ Cl1-

Step 3:–

Interchange the valencies:

KCl1+1-

The formula of the compound would be KCl.


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