Identify the correct resonance structures of carbon dioxide from one given below

a.  -O-C=O+

b.  O=C=O

c.  -OC-O+

d.  -O-CO+

Choose the correct option:

1. (a, b)

2. (b, c)

3. (c, d)

4. (b, d)


Hint: A structure with a negative charge on the more electronegative atom will be more stable.

Resonance is a way of describing delocalized electrons within certain molecules or polyatomic ions where the bonding cannot be expressed by a single Lewis formula. A molecule or ion with such delocalized electrons is represented by several resonance structures.

The resonating structure of CO2 are: