Problem: Construct a Lewis structure for each molecule: C2Cl4

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Step 1: Carbon (EN = 2.55) is less electronegative than chlorine (EN = 3.16) so carbon is the central atom.


Step 2: The total number of valence electrons present in C2Cl4 is:


            Group             Valence Electrons

C         4A                   2 × 4 e8 e

Cl        7A                   4 × 7 e28 e

Total:  36 valence e


Step 3:  Let’s first connect each atom with a single bond:


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Construct a Lewis structure for each molecule: C2Cl4

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