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What is the total number of isomers including stereoisomers that have the formula K3[Co(CN)6]? (All are octahedral complexes with Co3+ and ambidentate ligand CN)

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CN, being an ambidentate ligand can bind in two possible places.

K3[Co(CN6)] (1)

K3[Co(CN)5(NC)] (1)

K3[Co(CN)4(NC)2](2 GI)

K3[Co(CN)3(NC)3](2 GI)

K3[Co(CN)2(NC)4](2GI

K3[Co(CN)(NC)5](1)

K3[Co(NC)6](1)

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