Question #caf58

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Apr 16, 2017

In Carbon monoxide there is no hybridization.


Carbon number 6 has six total electrons this gives an electron configuration. of # 1 s^2 2 s^2 2p^2 #

This leaves the valance configuration of # 2^2 2p^2#

The two s electrons are paired and are not used in bonding.

The two p electrons are in different p orbitals and able to be used for bonding. Therefore Carbon in it ground state configuration can form only two bonds.

Oxygen with a configuration of # 1s^2 2s^2 2p^4# can also form only two bonds so the formation of CO requires no hybridization.