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Rebecca Altshuler 1D
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Postby Rebecca Altshuler 1D » Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:23 am

How do we know how many ligands will bind to a particular transition metal?

Becky Belisle 1A
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Re: Ligands

Postby Becky Belisle 1A » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:06 am

I don't think you can know without more information, such as the charge of the transition metal.

Imelda Mena 3I
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Re: Ligands

Postby Imelda Mena 3I » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:08 am

The easiest way to determine how many ligands are bounded to any central atom is by looking at the Lewis structure, I always do this first. Even if the problem does not ask for it. Another helpful thing is that when a chemical formula has a subscript that usually means that it will be directly bounded to the central atom. Hope this helps!

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Re: Ligands

Postby 305127455 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:26 pm

We can know it by looking at the valence shell of the central metal and the total charge of ligands. However, there should be more information most of the time.

Kirsty Star 2H
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Re: Ligands

Postby Kirsty Star 2H » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:59 pm

Does the number of ligands bonded to the central determine the shape of the coordination compound?

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