Writing VSEPR for (CH3)2Be

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Writing VSEPR for (CH3)2Be

Postby KatelinTanjuaquio 1L » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:34 pm


How would one write the VSEPR formula for (CH3)2Be? I have drawn the Lewis structure but I just wanted to check. Would it be broken down for each of the central atoms, or do we consider Beryllium to be the only central atom? Thank you.

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Re: Writing VSEPR for (CH3)2Be

Postby Henri_de_Guzman_3L » Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:04 pm

Hi Katelin, I believe you can use the VSEPR model in 2 instances here: One regarding the Be atom as the central atom (which would give you AX2, linear structure) and one for either of the carbon atoms as the central atom (this case giving you AX4, tetrahedral structure). The overall structure is linear but it would depend on what the question is asking specifically.

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