Draw the Lewis structure of BeCl2 and use the formula for formal charge to determine the charge of Be
For this problem, we need to compare the formal charge of Be in each structure. Recall that the formula for the formal charge is:
To do so, we first need to do the following steps:
In the best Lewis structure for BeCl2, what is the formal charge on the Be atom?
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