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    Default how do you pronounce the word: CO2

    sometimes I pronounce it as "carbon dioxide", but seems too complex and not very exact in chemical way. Can it be pronounced as "C-O-two"? Thanks.

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    Default Re: how do you pronounce the word: CO2

    Quote Originally Posted by hellofox View Post
    sometimes I pronounce it as "carbon dioxide", but seems too complex and not very exact in chemical way. Can it be pronounced as "C-O-two"? Thanks.
    CO2 is the chemical formula for a carbon dioxide molecule.
    CO2 is pronounced this way: C-O-two

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    Default Re: how do you pronounce the word: CO2

    Quote Originally Posted by hellofox View Post
    sometimes I pronounce it as "carbon dioxide", but seems too complex and not very exact in chemical way. Can it be pronounced as "C-O-two"? Thanks.
    C -> carbon
    2 -> di-
    O -> -oxide

    Some names of chemicals (especially older ones) are inexact: the word 'saltpetre' doesn't tell you much, for example. The modern equivalent, 'potassium nitrate' does - though not as much as 'carbon dioxide', which is a model of clarity

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