coordination compound

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katherinemurk 2B
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coordination compound

Postby katherinemurk 2B » Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:26 am

So within a coordination compound, are the ligands always going to be lewis bases, and the central atom or ion is the lewis acid or can it be switched around??

Courtney Quan 1C
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Re: coordination compound

Postby Courtney Quan 1C » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:25 am

By definition, ligands are and will always be Lewis bases that supply lone pairs of electrons (in other words, contribute all the electrons needed for a bond) in order to form coordinate covalent bonds with a central metal atom/ion that will be the Lewis acid. The central metal atom/ion bonded to ligands via coordinate covalent bonds will, as a whole, make up a coordination compound.

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