Problem: The carbonate ion, CO32-, can best be described as having:a) octahedral geometry about the carbonb) a tetrahedral geometry about the C atomc) a trigonal planar geometry about the C atomd) a total of 22 valence electronse) a bond order of 2

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We are asked to identify the statement that best describe the carbonate ion, CO32-.


Analyze structure:

C → central atom → Group 4A → 4 valence electrons

O →  Group 6A → 6 valence electrons



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The carbonate ion, CO32-, can best be described as having:

a) octahedral geometry about the carbon

b) a tetrahedral geometry about the C atom

c) a trigonal planar geometry about the C atom

d) a total of 22 valence electrons

e) a bond order of 2

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