Octahedral

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Annie Chantasirivisal_4G
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Octahedral

Postby Annie Chantasirivisal_4G » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:14 pm

Hi, this might be a silly question, but does anyone know why an octahedral is an octahedral? Where does the 8 from "octa-" come from if there are only 6 atomic orbitals?

Tyler Angtuaco 1G
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Re: Octahedral

Postby Tyler Angtuaco 1G » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:16 pm

There is a total of eight sides if you draw two pyramids, each with four sides.

Justin Ko 4C
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Re: Octahedral

Postby Justin Ko 4C » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:21 pm

An octahedron is a shape that consists of two pyramids who share a base. If you look at the molecule shape of an octahedral, it resembles the shape of an octahedron. Hence the name.

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Re: Octahedral

Postby 105194078 » Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:35 pm

Thank you for asking this because you weren't the only one wondering! All the responses are helpful.

Joelle 3L
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Re: Octahedral

Postby Joelle 3L » Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:38 pm

Although it is a six bond geometry it is called octahedral because when connected and focusing on the geometry, there are eight faces, therefore having the prefix octa-.

Cassandra_1K
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Re: Octahedral

Postby Cassandra_1K » Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:37 pm

You must think about it's shape in a 3-Dimensional form, then you can see how there are 8 different sides in its shape.

britthanul234
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Re: Octahedral

Postby britthanul234 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:56 am

It's because it is in the 3D form not 2D.


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