Drawing the Lewis Structure for OCl2

Transcript: This is the OCl2 Lewis structure. For OCl2, we have a total of 20 valence electrons. Oxygen is the least electronegative. We'll put that at the center and the Chlorines on either side. We'll put two valence electrons between atoms to form chemical bonds and then we'll go around the outside of the Chlorines until we fill their octets or we use 20 valence electrons. So we have 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and then back to the center, 18, and 20. So we've used all 20 valence electrons for the OCl2 Lewis structure. Both Chlorines have eight valence electrons, so their octets are satisfied; and then the Oxygen in the center, it also has an octet.

So that's the Lewis structure for OCl2. This is Dr. B., and thanks for watching.