Why Carbon gains and not lose 4 electrons?

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Why Carbon gains and not lose 4 electrons?

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:37 am

Question: Since Carbon has 4 valence electrons, why does it need to gain extra four electrons to satisfy the octet guideline? Wouldn't losing 4 electrons also make it isoelectronic with a noble gas while requiring even less energy?

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Re: Why Carbon gains and not lose 4 electrons?

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:37 am

Answer: Only it is not favorable for carbon to lose those 4 electrons from its valence shell. Try finding the ionization energy of carbon and this will give you a better idea of why it is more favorable to add bonds then to remove electrons.


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