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H20 monodentate

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:04 pm
by 005199302
Why isn't H20 polydentate, even though the oxygen has two lone pairs?

Re: H20 monodentate

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:27 pm
by Louis Zhao 4C
Polydentates refers to the number of atoms capable of bonding to a central metal ion. Although H2O has two lone pairs, they are both on the Oxygen atom, thus making the molecule a monodentate.