Chemistry (12th Edition)

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Chapter 22 - Hydrocarbon Compounds - 22.1 Hydrocarbons - 22.1 Lesson Check: 7

Answer

Carbon can form four covalent compounds to complete an octet of eight electrons.

Work Step by Step

Carbon has four valence electrons. To complete an octet an element needs a total of 8 electrons. This means that carbon needs 4 more to complete its octet. Therefore, it can form four covalent compounds to complete an octet of eight electrons.
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