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I know that the textbook explains how to find the coordination number for the complex, but I also know that Professor Lavelle explained it in lecture in a much simpler way. Does anyone remember how he explained it in lecture, and/or an easier way than the textbook describes?
Also, I think a quick way to determine the coordination numbers of a metal or Lewis acid in a molecule is to see how many ligands are bond to the central metal. The number of ligands bond to the metal is synonymous to the number of bonds in a coordination sphere.
So if we have a compound with two ligands, and three of each are attached to the metal (6 bonds in total), would the coordination number be that of each individual ligand (3) or that of both ligands added together (6)?
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