1. name the cation first and the anion second
2. monatomic cations use the element name
3. monatomic ions take their name from the root of the element name plus the suffix -ide
4. to distinguish between multiple oxidation numbers of the same element, the name of the chemical formula must indicate the oxidation number of the cation. the oxidation number is written as a Roman numeral in parentheses after the name of the cation (Stock System).
5. if the compound contains a polyatomic ion, simply name the ion
6. in binary/tertiary compounds, write the formula in the smallest ratio possible (empirical formula)