Coordination Number

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Baoying Li 1B
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Coordination Number

Postby Baoying Li 1B » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:02 am

How do you know the coordination number of a complex? Like Ba[FeBr4]2

MinuChoi
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Re: Coordination Number

Postby MinuChoi » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:11 am

Coordination number is how many ligands are directly bonded to the central atom. This is basically everything in the coordination sphere, so
coordination number = number of ligands in the bracket.

For your example: in the bracket are 4 ligands (Br4) bound to the transition metal. The coordination number is 4.

Leyna Dang 2H
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Re: Coordination Number

Postby Leyna Dang 2H » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:54 pm

You can determine the coordination number by counting the number of ligands that are bonded with the central atom. For Ba[FeBr4]2, you would focus on what is in the bracket. Iron, the transition metal, has 4 ligands bonded to it. Therefore, the coordination number for your example would be 4.

J Medina 2I
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Re: Coordination Number

Postby J Medina 2I » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:18 pm

However many ligands are attached to the central atom is what determines the coordination number. You can determine this by looking inside the brackets.

Jorge Ramirez_4H
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Re: Coordination Number

Postby Jorge Ramirez_4H » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:34 pm

Is there a good way of memorizing this?

Gabriella Bates 2L
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Re: Coordination Number

Postby Gabriella Bates 2L » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:29 pm

Jorge Ramirez_4H wrote:Is there a good way of memorizing this?


You don't need to memorize the coordination number for each coordination compound. Just look at the number of ligands in the square brackets of the chemical formula and you should be able to find it.

Jillian C 4C
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Re: Coordination Number

Postby Jillian C 4C » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:55 pm

Coordination number is the number of ligands bonded to the central atom. The coordination number of Ba[FeBr4]2 is 4 since there are 4 ligands bonded to the Fe atom.


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