Q. 21

Identify the correct resonance structures of carbon dioxide from the ones given below :
A. O – C ≡ O

B. O = C = O

C. -O ≡ C – O+

D. -O – C ≡ O+

Answer :

Carbon dioxide, or CO2, has three resonance structures, out of which one is a major contributor.


The CO2 molecule has a total of 16 valence electrons.


The three resonance structure is:



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