Problem: What is the hybridization of C in CO2?

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We are being asked to identify the hybrid orbitals used by carbon (C) or the hybridization of C in CO2. First, we will have to draw the Lewis Structure of CO2.


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

• C → less electronegative atom than O → central atom


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

CO2:

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What is the hybridization of C in CO2?