Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:57 pm
In the instance of carbon monoxide (CO), how is it that it has a triple bond connecting the two and a lone pair on each side when carbon only has 4 valence electrons and oxygen 6???? Are we able to just move electrons around like that or is there another reason? I know we learned about coordinate covalent bonds, but how are we supposed to know when they apply? Or do they always apply whenever convenient?