We are being asked to determine how important the given resonance structure is to the overall structure of carbon dioxide.
Recall that Resonance Structures are used to represent the different possible bonding arrangements in a molecule.
To determine the importance of the given Lewis Structure of CO2, we need to do the following steps:
Step 1: Determine the central atom in the molecule.
Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.
Step 3: Demonstrate whether given Lewis structure for CO2 the satisfies octet rule
Step 1: Carbon (EN = 2.5) is less electronegative than oxygen (EN = 3.5) so carbon is the central atom.
Step 2: The total number of valence electrons present in CO2 is:
Group Valence Electrons
C 4A 1 × 4 e– = 4 e–
O 6A 2 × 6 e– = 12 e–
Total: 16 valence e–
Step 3: Draw the Lewis Structure for CO2
How important is the resonance structure shown here to the
overall structure of carbon dioxide?
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