We are asked to calculate the formal charge of chlorine in the molecules Cl2, BeCl2, and ClF5.
The ideal configuration of Cl is to have 1 bond and 3 lone pairs.
Cl2 Lewis structure:
Cl → Group 7A → 7 ve
Total = 14 ve
The formal charge of Cl in Cl2 is 0.
BeCl2 Lewis structure:
Cl → Group 7A → 2 x 7 ve = 14 ve
Be → Group 2A → 2 ve
Total = 16 ve
The formal charge of Cl in BeCl2 is 0.
Calculate the formal charge of chlorine in the molecules Cl2, BeCl2, and ClF5.
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