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: 6c

Answer

Ligands that provide 2 pairs of electrons to the central metal atom are called bidentate. Ligands that provide more than 2 pairs of electrons to the central metal atom are called polydentate.

Work Step by Step

The term 'Bidentate' refers to those ligands which can donate two pairs of electrons from two different atoms to the central metal atom. The term 'Polydentate' refers to those ligands which can provide more than two pairs of electrons from more than two different atoms to the central metal atom.
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