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meaning of bis-, tris-, tetrakis-...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:28 pm
by Lindsay H 2B
Toolbox 17.1 (p 741) says that if the ligand already contains a Greek prefix or if it is polydentate, then use the prefixes bis-, tris- etc instead of the Greek prefix, but is there any way to tell whether the "bis" in the name means that there are two ligands, that the ligand is bidentate, or both? I'm stuck on ex. 17.31(d), which is writing the formula for sodium bisoxalato(diaqua)ferrate(III). So does the "bis" prefix means that the oxalate is bidentate or that there are two oxalates?

Re: meaning of bis-, tris-, tetrakis-...

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:25 pm
by Alyssa Parry Disc 1H
I believe that it means there are two oxalates