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How does this suggest the charge of the hypochlorite ion in the compound is calcium hypochlorite?

The calcium ion has a charge of 2+ (Ca2+)

hypochlorite has a charge of 1-. Calcium ions have a charge of 2+, when they form a molecule, you get CaClO2, where the subscript of CLO indicates the charge of the cation in this case calcium.
17 May 2019
Hypochlorite has a formula of Ca(ClO)2, ClO has an overall charge of +1, given there are two molecules the overall charge is +2. Calcium ion also has a charge of +2 on its own. Therefore the Calcium ion charge is equal to the hypochlorite ion molecule charge. 
29 May 2019
Calcium hypochlorite formula is Ca(ClO)2, Calcium is having +2 charge. Therefore two hypochlorite is having -2 charge. Here two hypochloite ions sharing -2 charge. Each hypochlorite ion is having -1 charge.
11 June 2019
Calcium hypochlorite which has a chemical formula Ca(ClO)2, so the overall charge of the compound is 0 and Ca2+ has a charge of +2. In order to have an overall charge of 0, (ClO)2 has to be -2 to balance the charge of Ca2+. Therefore, ClO has a charge of -1 as there are two ClO ions.
23 June 2019
Calcium hypochlorite is Ca(ClO)2. If Ca has charge 2+ this means the hypochlorite ion has charge -1, so that two such ions combine with the Ca2+.In the hypochlorite ion a covalent bond between Cl and O fills the Cl valence shell, and leaves one electron lacking in O's valence shell. So an extra electron stabilises the pair to form the ion with single negative charge.
Amritha J.
19 July 2019
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How do you name compounds in chemistry?

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  Step 2: To the end of the second compound's name, add the word "ide"   After you have determined a molecular or ionic compound, the next step if to look at the second compound and replace the last three words with "ide". This rule is same for molecular or ionic compounds. For instance, if the second compound is chlorine, then you should remove "ine" and replace it with "ide", so that we can spell it "chloride".   Step 3: Check if you require roman numerals   Look for an ionic compound that has a transition metal that becomes a multivalent ion. If you have ionic compounds with transition metals, then you should add a roman numeral after the metal name to show the transition metal's charge. For instance, FeCl is named as iron (I) chloride and FeCl_2 is named as iron (II) chloride.   Step 4: Check if any prefixes are required Because there are no ionic charges to balance out molecular compounds, therefore you should use prefixes shown in the table below:

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