Two carbon atoms cannot be linked to each other by more three covalent bonds. Why?

Asked by  | 21st Feb, 2012, 10:35: AM

Expert Answer:

Carbon is unable to form four mutual covalent bonds with itself. While bonding of this type is seen with the transition metals, it is due to the hybridisation of the d orbitals, which are inaccessible to carbon electrons in the ground state. 

Answered by  | 25th Feb, 2012, 09:03: PM

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