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Among the following alkaline earth metal halides, one which is covalent and soluble in organic solvents is?

Beryllium chloride.

(1) Beryllium chloride

(2) Calcium chloride

(3) Strontium chloride

(4) Magnesium chloride

Sol.-Except for Beryllium chloride all other chloride of alkaline earth metals are ionic in nature.

Due to small size of Be, Beryllium chloride is essentially covalent and soluble in organic solvents.

Lewis structure of Beryllium chloride.

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