Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 29 - Molecules and Solids - Questions: 6


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.
Update this answer!

You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this answer.

Update this answer

After you claim an answer you’ll have 24 hours to send in a draft. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback.