How many single covalent bonds are in carbon?

1 Answer
Apr 13, 2018

That entirely depends upon the type of compound your carbon is in. See below


There can be zero single bonds, as in #CO_2#; 2 single bonds, as in Formaldehyde or Carbonate ion; or 4 single bonds as in #CH_4#

There are things called carbocations, which can have 3 single bonds. Also, this discussion can get into sigma bonds vs. pi bonds, but the simple version is above.