why does carbon always forms covalent bonds

Asked by RAM CHANDER | 18th Oct, 2010, 12:00: AM

Expert Answer:

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Carbon has 4 electrons in the outermost shell. To lose 4 electrons, a large amount of energy is required by carbon atom which is not available, so it doesnot lose 4 electrons to obtain noble gas(helium) like configuration. It cannot gain 4 electrons to obtain noble gas (neon) like configuration. So, it prefer to form bond by sharing its valence electrons and forms covalent bonds. It form strong covalent bonds because of its small size.


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Answered by  | 19th Oct, 2010, 04:47: PM

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