Analyze the structure of BeCl2 and use the concept of Octet rule exceptions to answer the problem
Step 1. Establish the octet rule exceptions
Why don't we draw double bonds between the Be atom and the Cl atoms in BeCl 2?
a. That would give positive formal charges to the chlorine atoms and a negative formal charge to the beryllium atom.
b. There aren't enough electrons.
c. That would result in more than eight electrons around beryllium.
d. That would result in more than eight electrons around each chloride atom.
e. That would result in the formal charges not adding up to zero.
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