cyano v. cyanido

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LNgo 1G
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cyano v. cyanido

Postby LNgo 1G » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:11 pm

When would you use the -o ending versus the -ido ending when naming ligands? In the practice problems I saw both of them in different examples in the case of the cyanide molecule and cannot tell when to use one or the other.

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Re: cyano v. cyanido

Postby chemboi » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:27 pm

Both are valid, cyanido is in correspondence with new IUPAC naming conventions. Textbook uses this new convention, but in lecture Dr. Lavelle has used the old system. I guess whichever you choose to use, stay consistent with it.

Sanjana Borle 2K
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Re: cyano v. cyanido

Postby Sanjana Borle 2K » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:37 pm

cyano and cynanido essentially mean the same thing; I believe Lavelle accepts both on his tests, but uses the cyano. For more information refer to the Coordination Compounds pdf on his Chem 14A website.

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Re: cyano v. cyanido

Postby Emily_4B » Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:57 pm

Both terms will be accepted on the final as they are simply different naming conventions as previously mentioned. Cyanido being the newer convention.

Bradley Whitworth 4B
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Re: cyano v. cyanido

Postby Bradley Whitworth 4B » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:05 pm

With respect to that specific example it doesn't matter whether you use cyano or cyanido.

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