Question #2bb07

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Oct 16, 2015

Answer:

#CO_2# molecule has a linear shape .

Explanation:

In order to predict the shape and molecular geometry of molecules, we will need to draw their Lewis structures.

The Lewis structure for carbon dioxide is represented in this figure:
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As represented in the figure above, the shape of the molecule #CO_2# is Linear.

Let us consider another example: #NO_2#.

The Lewis structure of nitrogen dioxide is represented in this figure:
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As represented in the figure above, the shape of the molecule #NO_2# is Bent.

The lone pair on nitrogen will push the two #N-O# bonds away of it, because of the repulsion of their electrons.