Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074



Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

10th Edition
John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

Three geometric isomers are possible for [Co(en)(NH3)2(H2O)2]3+. One of the three is chiral; that is, it has a nonsuperimposable mirror image. Draw the structures of the three isomers. Which one is chiral?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The structure of three isomers has to be drawn and chirality has to be predicted.

Concept introduction:

Formula of coordination compounds: Formula of a coordination complex is able to predict by using the metal ion and ligands, and to derive the oxidation number of the coordinated metal ion.

Isomerism: Isomers are compounds with same molecular formula with different arrangements of atoms.

  • Structural isomers:  have same molecular formula but different bonding arrangements of atoms. It is classified into coordination isomer (occurs by exchanging a coordinated ligand and the counter-ions) and linkage isomers (ligand attached through different atoms to the metal).
  • Stereoisomers: differ in their spatial arrangement of atoms.

The above three isomers are possible for the given complex, in which the first isomer gives a mirror image which says the isomer i...

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