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    The IUPAC name for halothane is 2-bromo-2-chloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane. As you can tell from the name, it includes several different halogens (fluorine, bromine and chlorine) attached to an alkane backbone (ethane).

    Now that you've opened up the issue of IUPAC names, can you explain for me what each one of the pieces of the IUPAC name mean? Such as, what are all the numbers about?

    What would the IUPAC name for chloroform be?

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    The IUPAC name is a systematic way of writing out the atoms of a compound. The primary part of the name -- 2-bromo-2-chloro-1,1,1-trifluoroethane-- is the ethane or carbon backbone at the end. Ethane refers to two carbons connected by a single ...

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    This solution explains the meaning behind IUPAC names for chemical compounds.