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Unformatted text preview: shorthand formula seen in the upper right side of the diagram. Carbon can also form double covalent (shares 2 pairs of electrons) or triple covalent bonds (shares 3 pairs). Carbon can form 4 covalent bonds because it has 4 electrons in its outer shell. It can form the following number of bonds. Notice that in each case below, there is a total of four bonds. 4 single bonds two double bonds one double bond and two single bonds one triple and one single bond Long chains of carbon atoms are common. The chains may be branched or form rings....
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