Problem: When a gallium atom forms an ion, it?loses 3 electrons  gains 3 electrons  loses 2 electronsgains 2 electrons

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 Recall that when becoming an ion, the element tries to achieve the configuration of the nearest noble gas (shaded purple).


When an element gains electrons it becomes a negatively charged ion called an anion.


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When a gallium atom forms an ion, it?

  1. loses 3 electrons  
  2. gains 3 electrons  
  3. loses 2 electrons
  4. gains 2 electrons

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