Problem: Draw the structure of CO32−. Include all lone pairs of electrons and formal charges.

FREE Expert Solution

(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-

84% (343 ratings)
View Complete Written Solution
Problem Details

Draw the structure of CO32−. Include all lone pairs of electrons and formal charges.

Frequently Asked Questions

What scientific concept do you need to know in order to solve this problem?

Our tutors have indicated that to solve this problem you will need to apply the Lewis Dot Structure: Formal Charge concept. If you need more Lewis Dot Structure: Formal Charge practice, you can also practice Lewis Dot Structure: Formal Charge practice problems.

What professor is this problem relevant for?

Based on our data, we think this problem is relevant for Professor Jones, Auzanneau & deLaat's class at University of Guelph.