We’re being asked to determine the formal charge of chlorine in Cl2, BeCl2, and ClF5.
To do so, we need to do the following steps:
Step 1: Determine the central atom in the molecule.
Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.
Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.
Step 4: Calculate the formal charge for the indicated atom.
Recall that the formula for the formal charge is:
Calculate the formal charge of chlorine in the molecules Cl 2, BeCl2, and ClF5.
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