# What is the Lewis structure of CO2?

Jun 27, 2018

Well, we got underbrace(2xx6_"oxygen valence electrons"+4_"carbon valence electrons")_"16 electrons to be distributed over THREE centres"

#### Explanation:

And the standard Lewis structure is...

$: \ddot{O} = C = \ddot{O} :$

...which distributes 16 electrons, AS REQUIRED....

Because there are TWO regions of electron density situated around the central carbon, carbon dioxide is LINEAR with $\angle O - C - O = {180}^{\circ}$...