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!