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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
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John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

High boiling points are one characteristic of ionic compounds. For example, magnesium chloride boils at 1412 °C. Beryllium chloride, on the other hand, vaporizes at 520 °C. The boiling point of BeCl2 is far lower than expected for an ionic compound, yet large for a covalent one. Determine where BeCl2 lies on the van Arkel diagram.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The position of BeCl2 should be determined in the van Arkel diagram.

Concept Introduction:

van Arkel Diagram: It depicts a variety of compounds with two different atoms plotted within the boundary of an equilateral triangle where the lower left corner represent metallic, the lower right represent covalent and the top corner represent ionic.

Explanation

High boiling points are one characteristic of ionic compound.

Beryllium chloride, on the other hand, vaporizes- at 5500C. The boiling point of BeCl2 is far lower than expected for an ionic compound.

BeCl2 lies on the van Arkel diagram.

The electro negativity difference between Be (1

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