(1) C is less electronegative → Central atom
(2) The total valence electrons of CO32- are:
Group Valence Electrons
C 4A 1 x 4 e- = 4 e-
O 6A 3 x 6 e- = 18 e-
+ 2 e-
Total: 24 valence e-
Draw the structure of CO32−. Include all lone pairs of electrons and formal charges.
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