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Homework Help: Impact of Bond length on Reduction of coordination complex

  1. Dec 14, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The complex [Mn(CO)5Cl]+ is reduced by one electron and then by a second electron afterwards. How would the first reduction affect the C-O bond length in carbon monoxide? How would the second reduction affect the C-O bond length?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    So I know the complex is a low spin d5 complex. I'm thinking the first reduction will shorten the bond because the Mn is getting negative, which will repel the Carbon, thus, shorten the C-O bond. Im not sure about the second reduction though

    Thanks for any help
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