Chapter 8 Bonding and Molecular Structure - Study Questions - Page 337d: 64

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The principle of electroneutrality is the concept that each atom in a stable compound has an electric charge as close to zero as possible. For $CO_2$ a ressonance structure would be $O\equiv C-O$, which would have the leftmost oxygen with a formal charge of +1 and the rightmost, -1, violating the principle.

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