What is secondary valence and how to determine the secondary valence of coordinate compounds?

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The secondary valence is equal to the coordination number and is fixed for a metal. Actually,the secondary valencies are non ionisable valencies. These are satisfied by neutral molecules or negative ions.The secondary valency is fixed for a metal and is equal to the co ordination number.

The coordination number of the central atom/ion is determined only by the number of sigma bonds formed by the ligand with the central atom/ion and this gives the secondary valency too.

For ex: for, PtCl2 .2NH3 the secondary valency is equal to the co ordination no. i.e. 4.

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