November 29, 2015

Homework Help: Chemistry

Posted by Miaow on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 6:39pm.

Got another practice question but I'm really stumped on this one:

If the [ZnCl4]^2- ion is diamagnetic what must its structure be and why - octahedral, tetrahedral or square planar?

I know that diamagnetic means that all its electrons are paired and that makes it low spin (I believe) but how do I predict its shape? I think maybe its tetrahedral but I am totally guessing. (This is another practice question to prep us for Organic next semester, not for any points, so I want to understand the thinking behind it). Thank you!

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