Simple Resonance Structures


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Discussion : Consider the Lewis structure of the carbonate ion, CO 3 2- .  The Lewis structure for this ion has a carbon-oxygen double bond, and two carbon-oxygen single bonds.  Each of the singly bonded oxygen atoms bears a formal charge of 1 - .  (Review the formal charge tutorial if needed.)  But which of the three oxygens forms the double bond?  There are three possibilities:


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