The chemical compound Zn(C2H3O2)2 is called zinc acetate. The molecular formula shows that the compounds include zinc, represented by Zn; carbon, represented by C; hydrogen, represented by H; and oxygen, represented by O.
The compound is formed by the combination of one zinc ion and two ions of acetate, represented by the formula C2H3O2. The numbers directly after the symbols indicate the number of atoms of that element, while the number outside the parentheses indicates that the compound contains two ions of acetate. A single ion of zinc carries a charge of +2, while an ion of acetate has a charge of -1. The two ions of acetate in a molecule of zinc acetate have a total charge of -2.