We’re being asked to determine the Lewis structure that is expected to be dominant for BeCl2.
To do so, we first need to do the following steps:
Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.
Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.
Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.
In the vapor phase, BeCl2 exists as a discrete molecule.
On the basis of the formal charges, which Lewis structure is expected to be dominant for BeCl2?
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