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Activity Discussion Science & Technology Why are most carbon compounds poor conductors of electricity?

  • Why are most carbon compounds poor conductors of electricity?

    Posted by Nehal on May 13, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Why are most carbon compounds poor conductors of electricity?

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  • Soniya

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    May 13, 2021 at 11:40 pm
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    It is because most carbon compounds form covalent bonds and do not have free electrons, as all the electrons are used in making the covalent bonds. Also, carbon compounds do not dissociate into free ions in aqueous solution and therefore are not able to conduct electricity. Therefore they are poor conductors of electricity.

  • Manpreet

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    May 14, 2021 at 2:17 am
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    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.

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