Problem: In complete sentences, describe the similarities and differences between:a neutral atom and an ion of the same element.A neutral atom and am ion of the same element have the same number of __________. They have a different number of ______, and hence different reactivity.• electrons• protons• electrons

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a neutral atom:

atomic number = # of protons = # of electrons

and an ion of the same element:

positive charge → lost electrons

negative charge → gained electrons

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In complete sentences, describe the similarities and differences between:

a neutral atom and an ion of the same element.


A neutral atom and am ion of the same element have the same number of __________. They have a different number of ______, and hence different reactivity.

• electrons

• protons

• electrons

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