Cis vs trans

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Cis vs trans

Postby JasonNovik3A » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:45 pm

Logands can be either cis or trans .. what’s the difference between these? How can I tell?

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Re: Cis vs trans

Postby Jonathan Tangonan 1E » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:14 pm

cis- and trans- are used to indicate the placements of ligands when there are multiple of them. When cis- is used the similar substances will be arranged on the same side while with trans- this indicates that they will be arranged on opposite sides.

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Re: Cis vs trans

Postby Nishma Chakraborty 1J » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:09 pm

Also I think another difference is that -cis molecules are polar, while -trans molecules are non-polar

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Re: Cis vs trans

Postby Michelle Lu 1F » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:05 pm

Cis- vs. trans- are prefixes that indicate the position of ligands. Cis- occurs when both ligands are on the same side and therefore cause the molecule to be polar. Trans- is when ligands are on opposite sides and cancel each other's charges out, leaving the molecule as nonpolar.

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