Can You Name These Basic Chemical Compounds?

Jacqueline Samaroo

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From our bodies to the food that we eat and the things in our surroundings, chemical compounds are quite literally a part of basically everything in the world around us. While at first glance the topic of chemical compounds may seem like a subject that is needlessly complex and difficult to grasp, there are actually countless basic chemical compounds that we interact with on a day to day basis. Some examples of these basic chemical compounds include; water, salt, alcohol, propane, sugar, and caffeine. There are dozens of these basic chemical compounds from which to choose. However, we've managed to gather a diverse selection of 40 of them for this quiz.

Even if you're not an actual chemist, medical professional, or a science major, most people have probably heard of many of these basic chemical compounds in their everyday life. So are you ready to prove that you've got what it takes to be a chemistry superstar? Then let's see if you're capable of having a chemical reaction with the correct answers from our basic chemical compounds quiz! Pull out your beakers, your test tubes, and your stirrers, and let's get started!

Which chemical compound is in this image?

Water is a basic chemical substance that is important to human life, both biologically and economically. Water covers over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface.

Do you know the name of the basic compound in this image?

Propane is a basic chemical compound that is one of several liquefied petroleum gases. It is used as a source of fuel for cooking, particularly in barbecues.

Which chemical compound is in this picture?

Sodium fluoride is a basic chemical compound that is denoted by the formula NaF. It is used as a cleaning agent and for dental health as well.

The basic chemical compound in this picture goes by what name?

Ammonium bifluoride is a basic chemical compound that is produced from ammonia and hydrogen fluoride. It has been used as a rust stain remover, toilet bowl cleaner, and car body cleaner.

Which basic chemical compound is featured in this image?

Sucrose is a basic chemical compound that is produced naturally in plants. It is extracted and refined from both sugar cane and sugar beet.

Do you know the name of this chemical compound?

Carbon dioxide is a basic chemical compound that is produced through several means, such as through the respiration process of many organisms. It is notable for being one of the primary causes of global warming.

Do you know the basic compound that is pictured here?

Fructose is a basic chemical compound that is notable for being the most water-soluble of all the sugars. It is primarily found in honey, many root vegetables, berries, as well as tree and vine fruits. Yes, it's the same formula as glucose.

What is the name of the chemical compound in this picture?

Glucose is a basic chemical compound that is a simple sugar that is made during photosynthesis from water and carbon dioxide. Yes, it's the same formula as fructose.

Can you correctly name this chemical compound?

Tartaric acid is a basic chemical compound that occurs naturally in various fruits, such as grapes, citrus, and bananas. It is most notable for developing naturally in the process of winemaking.

What is the name of the chemical compound in this photo?

Calcium carbonate is a basic chemical compound that is the main component of the shells of marine organisms and snails, as well as pearls and eggs. It is also found in rocks like limestone.

Can you correctly identify the chemical compound that is pictured here?

Acetylsalicylic acid is a basic chemical compound that is known more commonly as aspirin. As a type of medication, it is used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation.

What is the name of this basic compound?

Boric acid is a basic chemical compound that is actually a weak, monobasic Lewis acid of boron. It is notable for being primarily used as an insecticide and as an antiseptic.

Do you know this basic chemical compound?

Cellulose is a basic chemical compound that is found in the cells of green plants. It is primarily used in the production of paper and textiles like cotton and linen.

This is a photo of what basic chemical compound?

Phosphoric acid is a basic chemical compound that is a weak non-toxic acid. It is primarily used as a rust remover and as a food additive.

Can you correctly identify the chemical compound in this photo?

Naphthalene is a basic chemical compound that is white crystalline solid. It is most commonly known as the main ingredient in mothballs.

Do you know the basic compound in this picture?

Sodium carbonate is a basic chemical compound that is the water-soluble sodium salt of carbonic acid. It is primarily used in the production of soaps, paper, glass, and detergents.

Which chemical compound is in this photo?

Acetic acid is a basic chemical compound that is also sometimes referred to as ethanoic acid. Vinegar can contain anywhere between 4 percent to 18 percent acetic acid.

Can you correctly identify the chemical compound in this image?

Potassium nitrate is a basic chemical compound that is an ionic salt sometimes also referred to as saltpeter. It is used in fertilizers, fireworks, and as a food preservative.

Can you correctly identify the chemical compound in this picture?

Magnesium hydroxide is a basic chemical compound that can be found in nature as the mineral brucite. It is commonly used as a primary ingredient in antacids and laxatives.

The basic chemical compound in this image goes by what name?

Hydrogen peroxide is a basic chemical compound that is a pale blue, clear liquid. It is used as a bleaching agent, oxidizer, as well as an antiseptic.

What is the name of the basic compound in this picture?

Glycerol is a basic chemical compound that is a colorless and odorless liquid. It is commonly used as a sweetener in the food industry and also in several pharmaceutical products.

Which basic chemical compound is featured here?

Silicon dioxide is a basic chemical compound that is found in several living organisms and also as quartz. It is also notable for being one of the main components of sand.

This is an image of what basic chemical compound?

Caffeine is a basic chemical compound that is a central nervous system stimulant which is used in numerous beverages and foods. It is notable for being the world's most widely consumed psychoactive drug,

Do you know the chemical compound that is shown here?

Ammonia is a basic chemical compound of nitrogen and hydrogen. It has several uses, including in fertilizers and as a household cleaner.

What is the name of the basic compound in this image?

Butane is a basic chemical compound that is actually a gas at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. It sees a lot of use worldwide as lighter fluid.

Do you know the basic compound in this image?

Lactic acid is a basic chemical compound that is also commonly referred to as milk acid. It is mainly found in sour milk products like yogurt and cottage cheese.

This is a picture of what basic chemical compound?

Nitrous oxide is a basic chemical compound that is a colorless non-flammable gas. It is used in dentistry, surgery, and other medical instances. However, it is probably most popularly known for its use in motor racing.

Do you know the name of the basic compound in this picture?

Carbonic acid is a basic chemical compound that is a weak acid that forms two kinds of salts, carbonates and bicarbonates. It also leads to the formation of stalactites and stalagmites.

Which chemical compound is pictured here?

Acetone is a basic chemical compound that is normally present in blood and urine. It is notably also used as a solvent for many plastics and some synthetic fibers.

What is the name of the chemical compound in this image?

Sodium hypochlorite is a basic chemical compound that is commonly used as a bleaching agent or disinfectant. When used in concentrated forms, it can actually be very hazardous to the skin and eyes.

Which basic chemical compound is featured in this picture?

Hydrochloric acid is a basic chemical compound that actually forms naturally in gastric acid. It is notable for having several uses, including as a food additive and in leather processing.

Do you know the basic compound in this photo?

Camphor is a basic chemical compound that is notable for its flammable nature and strong aroma. Historically, it has had several culinary and medicinal uses.

What is the name of this chemical compound?

Ethanol is a basic chemical compound that is a flammable and volatile colorless liquid. It is notable for being the primary type of alcohol found in alcoholic drinks.

Which basic chemical compound is featured in this photo?

Ammonium carbonate is a basic chemical compound that is a salt commonly referred to as baker’s ammonia. It is most notably used as smelling salts and as a leavening agent.

What is the name of the basic compound in this photo?

Sodium chloride is a basic chemical compound that is commonly referred to simply as salt, table salt, or common salt. It is used worldwide as both a food preservative and a condiment.

Do you know the name of this basic compound?

Calcium sulfate is a basic chemical compound that is commonly referred to as plaster of Paris. It also notably occurs naturally as gypsum.

The basic chemical compound in this photo goes by what name?

Magnesium silicate is a basic chemical compound that is also known as the clay mineral, talc. It has several uses, including as a food additive and as baby powder.

Which basic compound is pictured here?

Sulfuric acid is a basic chemical compound that is odorless and soluble in water. It is primarily used in the manufacturing of fertilizer, the refining of oil, and wastewater processing.

Do you know the name of the basic compound in this photo?

Methanol is a basic chemical compound that is notable for being the simplest alcohol. It is also notable for actually having a similar odor to drinking alcohol. However, it is far more toxic.

Can you correctly identify this basic chemical compound?

Ascorbic acid is a basic chemical compound that is also more commonly known as vitamin C. It is found primarily in citrus fruits and is used to prevent and treat scurvy.

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