Problem: Aluminum trichloride (AlCl3) is an electron-deficient molecule. It has a tendency to form a dimer (a molecule made up of two AlCl3 units):AlCl3 + AlCl3 → Al2Cl6    a. Draw a lewis structure for the dimer.b. Describe the hybridization state of Al in Al2Cl6.c. Sketch the geometry of the dimer.

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We are going to do the following steps:

Step 1: Calculate total valence electron

Step 2: Draw the Lewis structure

Step 3: Determine the hybridization

Step 4: Determine the geometry


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Aluminum trichloride (AlCl3) is an electron-deficient molecule. It has a tendency to form a dimer (a molecule made up of two AlCl3 units):

AlCl+ AlCl→ Al2Cl6    


a. Draw a lewis structure for the dimer.

b. Describe the hybridization state of Al in Al2Cl6.

c. Sketch the geometry of the dimer.

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