Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (3rd Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321809246
ISBN 13: 978-0-32180-924-7

Chapter 24 - Sections 24.1-24.6 - Exercises - Review Questions: 6b

Answer

A ligand is an ion/molecule that forms a complex by providing electrons to a central metal atom.

Work Step by Step

A ligand is a particle (either an ion or a molecule) that bonds to a central metal atom by donating electrons to the metal atom. This bond results in the formation of a molecular entity called a complex.
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