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Offline eb2phkingood

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why is OCTAhedron have 6 and not 8? easy question!
« on: December 06, 2010, 11:57:09 PM »
i thought octa meant 8. however in my inorganic book it shows a center atom with 6 atoms attached to it. that makes 6 +1 = 7. what am i missing?

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Re: why is OCTAhedron have 6 and not 8? easy question!
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2010, 12:33:42 AM »
Octa refers to the number of faces.
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Re: why is OCTAhedron have 6 and not 8? easy question!
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2010, 01:09:38 AM »
Octa refers to the number of faces.

i guess i still dont get it. if filled in, all 6 ligands would form a cube in the shape of a Di (single dice). Thus a di/dice has 6 sides/faces.  ???

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Re: why is OCTAhedron have 6 and not 8? easy question!
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2010, 01:43:53 AM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octahedron
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cube

ahhhhhhhh i get it now. so they go from each point to each point, i was making my own artificial points between 2 points thus creating a cube. silly me. thanks awk! snacker up!

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Re: why is OCTAhedron have 6 and not 8? easy question!
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2010, 04:01:43 PM »
I think there might be a palm in each of those faces at the moment  :P
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