Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 29 - Molecules and Solids - Questions: 6

Answer

Carbon has four valence electrons.

Work Step by Step

The electron configuration of carbon is $1s^{2}2s^{2}2p^{2}$. The innermost two electrons are tightly bound to the carbon nucleus. The remaining 4 electrons spread out in four different directions and can form bonds with hydrogen-like atoms that have only one s electron in an outer orbital.
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