CN- Coordination Compound

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Alex Tchekanov Dis 2k
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CN- Coordination Compound

Postby Alex Tchekanov Dis 2k » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:42 am

In the lewis structure for CN-, both the C and the N have a lone pair. So why is it the C that donates the lone pair when forming a coordination compound? Would it be wrong to show the N making the coordinate covalent bond?

Kate Osborne 1H
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Re: CN- Coordination Compound

Postby Kate Osborne 1H » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:24 pm

C donates the lone pair because it has the lower electronegativity I believe, you should always show C making the coordinate covalent bond in this structure.

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