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Complexes

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:29 pm
by Amina Durrani 3G
What is the significance of octahedral complexes, tetrahedral complexes, an square-planar complexes? Do we need to know these for naming?

Re: Complexes

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:07 pm
by Jack Riley 4f
Those are the 3 most common shapes that coordinate compounds will take.

Re: Complexes

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:08 pm
by NRobbins_1K
In class, dr. Lavelle said that we are not expected to be able to tell the difference between the two complexes that contain 4 ligands (tetrahedral and square planar) but that we would need to tell the difference between those two and octahedral complexes, which have 6 ligands. If the naming is confusing, remember that it is exactly the same as the names for the structures as we learned them for VSEPR- octahedral is 6 bonds around the central atom, square planar and tetrahedral are both 4 bonds.