Cyanido vs cyano

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ValerieChavarin 4F
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Cyanido vs cyano

Postby ValerieChavarin 4F » Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:33 pm

I'm confused on these two terms. The textbook uses the form cyanido, but Lavelle wrote cyano for a naming example in lecture. Can they be used interchangeably, or are they different?

Vanessa Chuang 4F
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Re: Cyanido vs cyano

Postby Vanessa Chuang 4F » Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:36 pm

There's a few different naming conventions. The textbook uses one while Dr. Lavelle uses another. They technically are the same thing but just keep in mind that if you choose to use a particular convention, you should stick with the same one throughout naming the compound

Brandon Valafar
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Re: Cyanido vs cyano

Postby Brandon Valafar » Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:44 pm

They mean the same thing and just are different conventions. I'm going to use Lavelle's naming scheme since it is on his website.

Claire Stoecklein 1E
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Re: Cyanido vs cyano

Postby Claire Stoecklein 1E » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:28 pm

I believe cyano is basically a shorthand for cyanido. As long as it ends in o for an electrostatically charged ligand, it is named correctly

Venus_Hagan 2L
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Re: Cyanido vs cyano

Postby Venus_Hagan 2L » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:50 pm

i think technically both are right. I would stick with cyano because that's what Professor Lavelle used in class

Anthony Hatashita 4H
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Re: Cyanido vs cyano

Postby Anthony Hatashita 4H » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:01 pm

They are interchangable and should give the same points on a test


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