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What would be the electron dot structure of carbon dioxide which has the formula CO 2 ?



Carbon has 4 valence electrons whereas oxygen has 6 . In order to attain stability , the outer shell of both atoms must have 8 electrons

  • Therefore, one carbon atom forms 4 covalent bonds or 2 double bonds with two oxygen atoms as shown below:


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