Problem: How many resonance structures are there for  CO32−?

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We are being asked to identify the number of resonance structures of CO32-. We will have to draw the Lewis Structure of CO32- first.

Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

C is less electronegative than O.

C is the central atom.

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How many resonance structures are there for  CO32−?

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