posted by Winter
Which statement about carbon-carbon bonds is correct?
A) Carbon has an unusually high proton count. This causes the nucleus to attract bonding electrons more and results in an unusually strong bond.
B) Carbon has unusually high electronegativity. This allows carbon to attract electrons more powerfully and form unusually strong bonds.
C) Carbon is a small element. The nucleus is close to bonding electrons. This results in an unusually strong bond.
D) Carbon has extra electrons on its valence layer. Carbon can contribute more electrons to a bond. This results in an unusually strong bond.
Frankly, I don't like any of th statements but D may be the best of the four. I don't like D because of the word "extra". It does not have any EXTRA electrons.
It could be answer choice B, but I do agree that the answer choices are awful. Just so you know, the electronegativity of Carbon is not unusually high, but high enough. I don't like answer choice B either, but extra electrons just sounds so wrong. I am curious to know what is the correct answer choice that the author of the question believes is the correct answer and his or he's rationale.