Homework4 - Homework #4 : Chapter 4 Total points: 15 for...

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Homework #4 : Chapter 4 Total points: 15 for Attempt on all questions Concept Map: 5 points 1. Explain how carbon’s electron configuration accounts for its ability to form large, complex, and diverse organic molecules. Carbon has 4 valence electrons, or 4 electrons in its outermost shell, all of them are unpaired. This mean it can share up to 4 electrons in up to four different covalent bonds, this allows it to make a huge variety of structures based on a chain of carbons and great versatility of elements it can bond with. Carbons can also form both double and triple bonds with other atoms, further increasing the variety of molecules that can be made based on carbon. The positions of the valence orbitals also allow for a great variety in the shape of carbon-based molecules. - 4 valence electrons - Up to 4 bonds - Great variety possible - Different shapes 2. Describe how carbon skeletons may vary, and explain how this variation contributes to the diversity and complexity of organic molecules. Carbon skeletons can come in many different lengths, be branching or straight, have
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