Problem: The coordination number for Mg2+ ion is usually six. Assuming this assumption holds, determine the anion coordination number in the following compounds.MgF2

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We’re being asked to determine the anion coordination number in MgF2


coordination number represents how many nearest neighbors at atom has in the extended crystal lattice. Since the unit cell makes up the crystal lattice, coordination number is how many other atoms are in contact with that one atom.

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The coordination number for Mg2+ ion is usually six. Assuming this assumption holds, determine the anion coordination number in the following compounds.

MgF2