Problem: Classify CS2 as polar or nonpolar.

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We’re being asked to determine if CS2 is a polar or nonpolar molecule. To do so, we first need to do the following steps:

Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.

Step 4: Draw dipole arrows for each bond.

Step 5: Determine the polarity of the molecule.


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

 The two elements have the same electronegativity but carbon tends to be the central atom. So, carbon is the central atom.


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Classify CS2 as polar or nonpolar.

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