# What is the lewis structure for co2?

##### 1 Answer
May 22, 2018

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

#### Explanation:

Just to retire this question....finally...we have ${4}_{C} + 2 \times {6}_{O} = 16 \cdot \text{valence electrons}$...i.e. EIGHT electron pairs to distribute as shown. The carbon is $s p \text{-hybridized}$, each oxygen is $s {p}_{2} \text{-hybridized}$. $\angle O - C - O = {180}^{\circ}$ as a consequence....