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Homework Help: What is dative bonding?

  1. Dec 11, 2008 #1
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    Same as coordination complex bond.
  4. Dec 12, 2008 #3
    ok, dative bonding is the same as coordination complex bonding, but could you pls tell me what really happens in this?

    I know in this type , the shared pair of electrons comes from the same atom instead of two (that is, unlike in covalent), but if i'm given any type of compond, i want to be able to identify whether it is a dative bond or not, and in what kind of compounds does it generally occur?
  5. Dec 12, 2008 #4


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    Dative bonding occurs when atoms that have unbonded lone pair electrons in their valence shell contribute to bonding. Best example is the nitrogen atom in neutral molecules.
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