Convention for naming

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Brian Huynh 3D
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Convention for naming

Postby Brian Huynh 3D » Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:52 am

Is there a convention when writing down the molecular formula from a name? I've seen several examples that show different trends to naming a structure. For example, in pentaaminechloronickel(II) chloride, the amine comes before the Cl,Ni(NH3)5Cl) Cl2 but in pentaaminebromocobalt, the amine comes after the bromide CoBr(NH3)5 (In the molecular formula).

vsyacoubian2A
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Re: Convention for naming

Postby vsyacoubian2A » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:59 am

I don't believe order of the ligands matters when writing down the molecular formula from the name. However, when writing the name, ligands appear in alphabetical order.

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Re: Convention for naming

Postby 604735966 » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:25 am

I'm not 100% sure but just to be safe I think you should write the ligands in the order you wrote them in your equation.


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