Organic Chemistry (8th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0321768418
ISBN 13: 978-0-32176-841-4

Chapter 1 - Introduction and Review - Problems: Problem 1-3 d


The carbon forms 4 bonds, a double bond with each Oxygen.

Work Step by Step

1) Count the number of valence electrons. There are 16 electrons. 2) Make double bonds and count the number of electrons involved in the double bond. There are 8 electrons and 8 electrons are left. 3) The remaining electrons are placed on Oxygens as lone pairs. There are two lone pairs on each oxygen.
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