I wanna learn the alphabet

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ChristianM3F
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I wanna learn the alphabet

Postby ChristianM3F » Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:16 pm

Yeah, so I know that there's a rule that when naming a coordination compound, you name the ligands alphabetically with no regard to the numerical prefix.
However, I've made it a habit to always alphabetize the ligands when writing out the compound formula too. Would this be correct..?

Jonathan Gong 2H
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Re: I wanna learn the alphabet

Postby Jonathan Gong 2H » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:06 pm

Yes, you would write the chemical symbols of ligands in alphabetical order. But, when different ligands contain the same element, those denoted by a single letter (e.g. O) take precedence over symbols represented by two or more letters (e.g. OH).

Rebecca Epner 4A
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Re: I wanna learn the alphabet

Postby Rebecca Epner 4A » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:19 pm

I just read on a different post that you must write anion ligands before neutral ligands so just make sure to do that as well.


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