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cyano v. cyanido

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:11 pm
by LNgo 1G
When would you use the -o ending versus the -ido ending when naming ligands? In the practice problems I saw both of them in different examples in the case of the cyanide molecule and cannot tell when to use one or the other.

Re: cyano v. cyanido

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:27 pm
by chemboi
Both are valid, cyanido is in correspondence with new IUPAC naming conventions. Textbook uses this new convention, but in lecture Dr. Lavelle has used the old system. I guess whichever you choose to use, stay consistent with it.

Re: cyano v. cyanido

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:37 pm
by Sanjana Borle 2K
cyano and cynanido essentially mean the same thing; I believe Lavelle accepts both on his tests, but uses the cyano. For more information refer to the Coordination Compounds pdf on his Chem 14A website.

Re: cyano v. cyanido

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:57 pm
by Emily_4B
Both terms will be accepted on the final as they are simply different naming conventions as previously mentioned. Cyanido being the newer convention.

Re: cyano v. cyanido

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:05 pm
by Bradley Whitworth 4B
With respect to that specific example it doesn't matter whether you use cyano or cyanido.