How many covalent bonds can carbon form with other atoms?

1 Answer
Jan 29, 2016


4 covalent bonds in normal situations
however at higher energy levels carbon can bond form 6 covalent bonds.


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Carbons electron configuration shows us 6 total electrons with 4 valence electrons.
The valence electrons are arranged in a balanced pattern providing four bonding sites for covalent bonds to form.

However at higher energy levels all six of carbons electrons can be used to form covalent bonds.

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