H20 Dentate  [ENDORSED]

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Tim Foster 2A
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H20 Dentate

Postby Tim Foster 2A » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:54 am

If H20 has two atoms with lone pairs on them, why is it monodentate and not bidentate?

Gurpreet Khamba 1J
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Re: H20 Dentate

Postby Gurpreet Khamba 1J » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:11 am

Since it is the oxygen that will bond with the metal central atom.

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Re: H20 Dentate  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:15 pm

Water only has one atom with lone pairs (oxygen), and even though it has two lone pairs, only one can be oriented toward the central metal atom to be coordinated at a time.

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