Cis and trans forms of coordination compounds

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Anne Cam 3A
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Cis and trans forms of coordination compounds

Postby Anne Cam 3A » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:22 am

For coordination compounds, do we need to know how to differentiate between cis and trans forms of the same compound? If so, how would we do this?

nickgonzalez 1j
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Re: Cis and trans forms of coordination compounds

Postby nickgonzalez 1j » Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:48 pm

In order to differentiate between the cis and trans forms of the same compound when looking at the compound, you must first look for the atoms where there are two of that same atom bonded to the central atom. A compound is cis- when the two atoms are next to each other. On the other hand, the compound is considered trans when the atoms are opposite each other. In order to picture this, it may help looking at the image below where we are looking at the positioning of the two Chlorine atoms.

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