Quiz: Can You Guess the Chemical Name of These Everyday Items?
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Can You Guess the Chemical Name of These Everyday Items?
By: Khadija Leon
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About This Quiz

Chemical names, sometimes called scientific or systematic names, are used to identify different chemical compounds. The nomenclature was developed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the rules are used to name every compound. Not only do these chemical compounds have common names (which is what we know it by) but they also have molecular formulas which give its chemical composition. 

Many of the chemicals which have been created in labs can be found in many of the items which we have in our cupboards. These chemicals are used either on their own or in combination with others and /or reagents to create products to make our day-to-day life easier. 

Some of these items which range from cooking ingredients to medication to hygiene and cleaning products include different soaps, detergents and bleaching powders, baking powder and soda, toothpaste and mouthwash, as well as Alka Seltzer, aspirin and Rolaids.

How well do you know the chemical names of some of the items that you use every day? If you were given images of these items, would you be able to tell if its real name ends with acid, carbonate, hydroxide or some other scientific word? Take this quiz to test your knowledge!

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What is the main ingredient in hand sanitizer?
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What is the chemical name of lye?
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Windex uses this ingredient known as ____________.
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What is the chemical name for moth balls?
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What is the other name of pearl ash which is used in a variety of products?
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___________ is the chemical name for anti-freeze.
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What is the chemical name for sugar?
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What is the scientific name of the anti-bacterial ingredient in most soaps?
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Vinegar usually contains anywhere from 5-18% of one of these chemicals. Which one is it?
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What is the chemical found in quartz?
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What is the chemical name of chalk?
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This chemical is found in most toothpastes. Which one is it?
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What is the chemical name of bleach?
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Which of these chemical names is associated with arm and hammer products?
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What is the other name for table salt?
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What is the other name for Quicklime?
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What is the chemical name for milk of magnesia?
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What makes the bubbles in soda?
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What is the chemical name of the liquid used to preserve biological specimens after death?
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What is the main component of plasterboard?
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What is the scientific name of the main ingredient in vodka?
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What is the main component in most detergents?
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What is the main ingredient in vitamin C tablets?
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Which chemical is the active ingredient in antiperspirant?
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What is the active ingredient in Tylenol?
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This liquid metal is known as ...
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Which ingredient is used in small amounts in mouthwash?
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Which of these chemical names are associated with Borax?
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This sweet treat contains an artificial sweetener called what?
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The chemical name of the main ingredient in antacids is?
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What is the other name for smelling salts?
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