Naming Complexes—Ligands

Naming complexes can be, well, pretty complex! Simplify a study of ligands using interactive puzzles. Junior chemists match up the name, formula, and complex name, then solve a series of logic games with the information.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Add the interactive to a ligands unit to help pupils learn the common formulas
  • Have the class search the Internet to find at least one example of the ligand in a compound
Classroom Considerations

  • Review ionic bonding before beginning the topic
  • Show learners how the puzzles are set up to ensure they can manipulate them
Pros

  • The resource presents a useful strategy for recognizing common ligands
  • Puzzles provide an inventive way of learning chemical nomenclature
Cons

  • None