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what is a ligand?

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:50 pm
by Jackie Ngo 1C
sorry this is a really dumb question, but is a ligand basically an atom that is attached to a central atom? what is it about ligands that makes them so important in this chapter?

Re: what is a ligand?

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:56 pm
by Zenita Leang 2K
A ligand is a molecule that can bind to another molecule. The ligand donates since it is an acid donor.

Re: what is a ligand?

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:11 am
by Carlos Gomez 3H
A ligand can be an ion or a molecule that is a Lewis base (electron donor) that binds to the central atom or ion in the d-metal complex. They are important because they help make coordination compounds.

Re: what is a ligand?

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:33 pm
by Daisylookinland
Just for clarification, a ligand must be able to donate electrons in order to form a coordinate covalent bond with the central atom, correct?

Re: what is a ligand?

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:17 pm
by Jayde Felix 4H

Re: what is a ligand?

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:23 pm
by 705088777
A ligand is an ion or molecule attached to a metal atom by coordinate bonding.

Re: what is a ligand?

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:44 pm
by katietietsworth_3c
Ligands are just molecules bonded to the central atom that help make up regions of electron density. Ligands always follow the octet rule, except hydrogen which can have 2 electrons in its valence shell. Hope that helps.

Re: what is a ligand?

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:47 pm
by vaishali 1D
A ligand is an ion or a molecule that donates electrons (Lewis base) that binds to the central atom and help in making coordination compounds

Re: what is a ligand?

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:02 pm
by Aiden Atoori 1C
a ligand is an ion or molecule that binds to a central metal atom to form a coordination complex.