The Importance of Models in Understanding Ligands

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Discuss the importance of models in developing an understanding of the nature of ligands and chelated ligands, using specific examples


  • It is impossible to witness what occurs on a micro level when ligands and chelated ligands bond in complexes
  • These explain the structure and bonding in a visually easy to understand way
    • Which helps build understanding about the chemical interactions that occur with these substances


  • Not all electrons are shown
  • Transitional orbitals not represented
  • The rate of reactions or what initiates them is not specified
  • Electrons are represeted as stagnant
  • Energy changes as electrons form complex are not displayed