In a carbonyl oxygen, why do we say that the electrons are trigonal planar?

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Mar 24, 2017

Answer:

Because each oxygen atom in the molecule has THE TWO NON-BONDING ELECTRON pairs............

Explanation:

And for #RC(=O)OH#, the carbonyl oxygen is #sp^2# hybridized, and #OH# is #sp^3# hybridized. Because each oxygen atom is formally neutral we conceive that there are 8 electrons around each oxygen nucleus. Two of these electrons are inner core. The remaining 6 are valence shell, and determine the geometry about oxygen.