Step method to draw the Lewis dot structure of CO2, carbon dioxide.
Step2: Find octet e- for each atom and add them together.
Step3: Gives you bonding e-. Subtract step 1 total from step 2
Step 4: Find number of bonds by diving the number in step 3 by 2(because each bond is made of 2 e-)
8e-/2= 4 bond pairs
Step 5: Find the number of nonbonding (lone pairs) e-. Subtract step 3 number from step 1.
16-8= 8e-=4 lone pairs
Use information from step 4 and 5 to draw the lewis structure.
Carbon goes in the�centre.
Lewis dot structure of CO2
Alternatively a dot method can be used to draw the lewis
structure of CO.
Calculate the total valence electrons in CO molecule.
Put a pair of electrons connecting each oxygen atom with carbon.Put remaining electrons on oxygen atoms.Move a pair of electron from each oxygen to fulfil the octet for carbon.
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