The structure of the CO32– ion can be described in the Lewis formulation by these structures below. This means that
a) two carbon-to-oxygen bonds are single bonds; the third is a double bond.
b) three independent forms of the CO32– ion coexist in equilibrium.
c) the electrons must be rapidly exchanging among the three forms.
d) the CO32– ion exists in only one form: an average of the three principal structures shown.
Frequently Asked Questions
What scientific concept do you need to know in order to solve this problem?
Our tutors have indicated that to solve this problem you will need to apply the Resonance Structures concept. You can view video lessons to learn Resonance Structures. Or if you need more Resonance Structures practice, you can also practice Resonance Structures practice problems.
What is the difficulty of this problem?
Our tutors rated the difficulty ofThe structure of the CO32– ion can be described in the Lewis...as medium difficulty.
How long does this problem take to solve?
Our expert Chemistry tutor, Jules took 1 minute and 54 seconds to solve this problem. You can follow their steps in the video explanation above.
What professor is this problem relevant for?
Based on our data, we think this problem is relevant for Professor Savizky's class at COLUMBIA.