Problem: What is the Lewis structure of CO2?

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We’re being asked to draw a Lewis structure for CO2. We first need to determine the total number of valence electrons present in the molecule:


            Group            Valence Electrons

C        4A                   1 × 4 e = 4 e

O        6A                   2 × 6 e = 12 e

Total:  16 valence e


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What is the Lewis structure of CO2?

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