Cyano vs cyanido

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Cyano vs cyanido

Postby Chem_Mod » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:08 pm

Question: What is the difference between cyano and cyanido (Cn-)?

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Re: Cyano vs cyanido

Postby Chem_Mod » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:08 pm

Answer: They are actually the same ligand, but the the first (cyano) is an older naming convention. Cyanido is the IUPAC preferred name for the ligand.

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Re: Cyano vs cyanido

Postby Kathryn » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:46 pm

Would you prefer for us to use cyano or cyanido because I've seen cyanido used in the textbook while cyano is used in the solutions manual?

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Re: Cyano vs cyanido

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:34 pm

Both forms are acceptable because IUPAC has recently changed the rules. The book has the new rules although old rules are still heavily used in the field.


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