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How does an ion differ from an electrically neutral sulfur atom?



A. Mass number
B. Atomic number
C. Nuclear charge
D. Number of electrons

This question is part of Chemistry Final Exam
Asked by CECHS, Last updated: Mar 28, 2019

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Answered on Mar 28, 2019

The correct answer to this question is D, the number of electrons. Sulfur possesses 6 electrons and is therefore considered neutral. Ions possess 8 electrons, and thus has 2- minus charge. An electron is defined as the stable subatomic particle with a charge of negative electricity.

Electrons are found in all atoms and they act as the primary carrier of electricity in solids. An ion is defined as an atom or molecule with a net electric charge due to the loss or gain of one or more electrons. An ionis made by removing electrons from a neutral atom to give a positive ion or adding electrons to a neutral atom to give a negative ion.

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Answered on Mar 08, 2018

Number of electrons
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