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Wed February 15, 2012 By:
 

account the following carbon shows maximum extent of catenation. how to write answers to such questions it was given in my preboard plz............help

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Thu February 16, 2012

Carbon has 4 valence electrons and can form an octet only through covalent bonding since, it can’t lose or gain any electrons and form ionic compound. Hence, it shares its 4 electrons and combines with four carbon atoms or other atoms to form hydrocarbons. This property of carbon is called tetravalency i.e. having 4 valency.

The property of catenation shown by carbon is usually due to tetravalency of carbon atom.

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