Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.
• C → less electronegative atom than O → central atom
Recall: H cannot function as the central atom because it can only form 1 bond.
Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.
In the formate ion, HCO2–, the carbon atom is the central atom with the other three atoms attached to it. What hybridization is exhibited by the C atom?
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