Problem: In the vapor phase, BeCl2 exists as a discrete molecule.Draw the Lewis structure of this molecule, using only single bonds.

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We’re being asked to draw a Lewis structure for BeCl2. We first need to determine the total number of valence electrons present in the molecule:


            Group            Valence Electrons

Be        2A                   1 × 2 e2 e

Cl         7A                   2 × 7 e14 e

Total:  16 valence e


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In the vapor phase, BeCl2 exists as a discrete molecule.

Draw the Lewis structure of this molecule, using only single bonds.