We are being asked to identify the hybrid orbitals used by carbon (C) and oxygen (O) in CO2. First, we will have to draw the Lewis Structure of CO2.
Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.
• C → less electronegative atom than O → central atom
Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.
In molecules of carbon dioxide both the carbon and oxygen atoms are hybridized. What are their respective hybridizations?
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