Problem: Write the Lewis structures for the following, and include resonance structures where appropriate. Indicate which has the strongest carbon-oxygen bond.(a) CO2(b) CO

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We are being asked to identify the resonance forms of CO2 and CO molecules.


In this problem, we shall follow these steps:

Step 1: Determine the central atom in the molecule

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

Step 3: Draw the Lewis Structure of the molecule.

Step 4: Determine the formal charges and resonance forms.  


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Write the Lewis structures for the following, and include resonance structures where appropriate. Indicate which has the strongest carbon-oxygen bond.

(a) CO2

(b) CO

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