H2O Denticity

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Summer de Vera 2C
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H2O Denticity

Postby Summer de Vera 2C » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:57 pm

Why is water monodentate? Isn't the double-bonded oxygen stable, which means it wouldn't want to share its electrons?

Elisa Bass 4L
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Re: H2O Denticity

Postby Elisa Bass 4L » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:27 pm

Dentate refers to the number of places the ligand can attach to the central atom. Water has two lone pairs, but because they are both on oxygen, it cannot bind in two places, only on one atom.

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