Problem: Does BeCl2 have a dipole moment?

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We’re being asked to determine if BeCl2 has a dipole moment


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.

Step 4: Draw dipole arrows for each bond.

Step 5: Determine the polarity of the molecule.


Step 1: Beryllium (EN = 1.5) is less electronegative than chlorine (EN = 3) so beryllium is the central atom.


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Does BeCl2 have a dipole moment?

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