Asked Dec 3, 2019

Like several other bonds, carbon-oxygen bonds have lengths and strengths that depend on the bond order. Draw Lewis structures for the following species, and arrange them in order of increasing carbon-oxygen bond strength. 
 HCO3-(H attached to O)


Expert Answer

Step 1

The following molecules show bond orders and Lewis structures:

a). HCO3-(H attached to O)

  • The bond order in HCO3- molecule is the average of the bond order of C-O bonds in the resonance where it is bonded by C-O bond to another hydrogen atom and so, they are not part of resonating structures.
  • The resonating of C-O bond has order 1.5 and the non-resonating of C-O bond has order 1.

    Therefore, the bond order of HCO3- molecule is 1.25 and Lewis structure is given as

Bond order (1+1.5)/2=1.25

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н-о H-o Bond order (1+1.5)/2=1.25

Step 2

b). CH4O

The bond order of CH4O molecule is 1 named as methanol and Lewis structure is given as


Bond order 1

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Нас-он Bond order 1

Step 3

c). CO32-

  • The C-O bonds present in this molecule are in resonance form.
  • In CO32- molecule, the total number of bonds is 4 and the bond are of three, the rati...
Bond order 4/3=1 .33

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Bond order 4/3=1 .33


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