Coordination compounds

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Shanzey
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Coordination compounds

Postby Shanzey » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:46 am

I feel like the term "coordination compound" has been used a lot throughout lecture, but I am still a bit confused as to what the actual definition fo a coordination compound is. Is it a complex formed between a ligand and a transition metal?

Kevin Antony 2B
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Re: Coordination compounds

Postby Kevin Antony 2B » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:58 am

After looking it up, a coordination compound is a central atom or ion (typically a transition metal) surrounded by other molecules or ions known as ligands.

Justin Seok 2A
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Re: Coordination compounds

Postby Justin Seok 2A » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:59 am

"Coordination compounds are molecules that poses one or multiple metal centers that is bound to ligands (atoms, ions, or molecules that donate electrons to the metal). These complexes can be neutral or charged. When the complex is charged, it is stabilized by neighboring counter-ions. A complex ion has a metal ion at its center with a number of other molecules or ions surrounding it. These can be considered to be attached to the central ion by coordinate (dative covalent) bonds and in some cases, the bonding is actually more complicated than that. The molecules or ions surrounding the central metal ion are called ligands."
https://chem.libretexts.org/Bookshelves ... _Chemistry)/Coordination_Chemistry

Pretty much what you said, the main thing that classifies a coordination compound is that 1. it has a metal center and 2. has a ligand attached to it.


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