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Difference between Tetrahedral and Square Planar

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:00 am
by Nathan Mariano 2G
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?

Re: Difference between Tetrahedral and Square Planar

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:19 am
by Iona Pay
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.

Re: Difference between Tetrahedral and Square Planar

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:44 am
by hanna_maillard3B
what is a d8 configuration and why does that matter regarding molecular shape ?