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Why a carbon atom does not forms four bonds with another single carbon atom?

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Sat July 07, 2012
Carbon can form into highly unstable C2 molecules that one might assume are linked together via a quadruple bond. However, forcing all the necessary electrons into that state takes more energy than is available to the carbon atoms and so any thermal, photo or chemical interaction will tear it apart and form other products in preference.
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