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MemberMay 14, 2021 at 2:17 am::
Carbon generally forms organic compounds known as hydrocarbons. Its property of catenation and formation of covalent bonds, makes it a bad conductor of electricity. Carbon has 6 electrons – 2 in the s-orbital and 4 in the p-orbital. Thus it has 4 valence electrons and all the 4 valence electrons can form covalent bonds with other non metals. Also, carbon do not dissociate into ions in aqueous medjum, neither in molten state. It is a non metal and forms hydrocarbons and other compounds using covalent bonds. Thus it is a bad conductor of electricity.