Coordination Compounds and Ligands

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Nicholas Carpo 1L
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Coordination Compounds and Ligands

Postby Nicholas Carpo 1L » Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:32 am

Hi so I still don't really understand the importance of coordination compounds and what exactly ligands do. If someone could explain them to me that would be great! Thanks!

Jerome Mercado 2J
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Re: Coordination Compounds and Ligands

Postby Jerome Mercado 2J » Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:20 pm

Ligands are molecules attached to a central metal atom. It is just like what we have been doing so far in terms of VSEPR and Lewis Structures that mostly consist of covalent bonds. You can imagine that ligands are their own electron density clouds. The bonds form coordination compounds or complexes.


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