Difference between Tetrahedral and Square Planar

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Nathan Mariano 2G
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Difference between Tetrahedral and Square Planar

Postby Nathan Mariano 2G » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:00 am

How do we tell the difference if a coordination compound is square planar or tetrahedral? Does the molecular shape of tetrahedral change the number of bonding sites compared to square planar?

Iona Pay
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Re: Difference between Tetrahedral and Square Planar

Postby Iona Pay » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:19 am

A good rule of thumb is that if the compound's complex metal ion is not in group 8 or doesn't have a d8 configuration, it's likely tetrahedral.

hanna_maillard3B
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Re: Difference between Tetrahedral and Square Planar

Postby hanna_maillard3B » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:44 am

what is a d8 configuration and why does that matter regarding molecular shape ?


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