Problem: What is the formal charge of CO?

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We’re being asked to determine the formal charges of the atoms in CO


To do so, we need to do the following steps:


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

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

Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.

Step 4: Calculate the formal charge for the indicated atom. 


Recall that the formula for the formal charge is:


F.C.=Group Number-(Bonds+Nondbonding Electrons)


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What is the formal charge of CO?