Problem: Using Lewis symbols and Lewis structures, diagram the formation of SiCl4 from Si and Cl atoms, showing valence-shell electrons.How many valence electrons surround each Cl in the SiCl4 molecule?

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We’re asked to (a) diagram the formation of SiCl4 from Si and Cl atoms, using Lewis symbols and Lewis structures that show valence-shell electrons and (b) determine how many valence electrons surround each Cl in the SiCl4 molecule. 


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 and count the valence electrons in each Cl atom.


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Using Lewis symbols and Lewis structures, diagram the formation of SiCl4 from Si and Cl atoms, showing valence-shell electrons.

How many valence electrons surround each Cl in the SiCl4 molecule?

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