Why is water monodentate?

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rosemarywang4i
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Why is water monodentate?

Postby rosemarywang4i » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:05 pm

Why is water monodentate if it has two long pairs?

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Re: Why is water monodentate?

Postby Ahmet_Dikyurt_3L » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:24 pm

I found this on a an earlier chemistry community post, here is the link:
viewtopic.php?t=783#p1602

megan blatt 2B
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Re: Why is water monodentate?

Postby megan blatt 2B » Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:29 pm

Water is monodentate because the two lone pairs are on the same atom. There is no structural possibility that a bond could form between each lone pair and the same central transition metal because there would be too much electron repulsion between the bonds.


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