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Postby Sarah Jeong 4F » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:56 pm

Why do we not follow the alphabetic rule when we say that K3[CoF6] is "potassium hexafluorocobaltate(3)" rather than "potassium cobaltate(3)hexafluoro?"

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Re: K3[CoF6]

Postby Maya_Peterson1C » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:59 pm

I believe this is because Co is the transition metal cation and F is considered the ligand in this case.

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Re: K3[CoF6]

Postby timschaeffer Dis 1J » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:02 pm

the alphabetical rule only applies to the ligands attached to the transition metal. In general, the transition metal will always come after the ligands in the name.

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