## Wrting the Chemical Formula for Coordination Compounds

Emerald Ellspermann 1K
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### Wrting the Chemical Formula for Coordination Compounds

When writing the chemical formula for coordination compounds, how should you determine what order to write the molecules in? Is there a rule to follow for writing chemical formulas for coordination compounds?

Monica Habashy 3A
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### Re: Wrting the Chemical Formula for Coordination Compounds

When writing out the chemical formula the order doesn't matter. However, when writing out the name then it's alphabetical.

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### Re: Wrting the Chemical Formula for Coordination Compounds

Actually there is a rule.

(Here's the URL in case the picture doesn't load, this site is super helpful for naming coordinate compounds: http://chem.libretexts.org/Core/Inorganic_Chemistry/Coordination_Chemistry/Basics_of_Coordination_Chemistry/Nomenclature_of_Coordination_Complexes)

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### Re: Wrting the Chemical Formula for Coordination Compounds

I also found that information on the internet about placing the anionic ligand before the neutral ligand in the chemical formula, but the some of the answers in the book, for example for 31d, had the neutral ligand go before the anionic ligand, so what is real?