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Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:40 pm
What is the difference between ions and a regular atom? How would the electron configuration differ?
Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:43 pm
Ions have either more electrons (anion) or less electrons (cation) than its original atom. The electron configuration represents this by either adding or removing electrons from the outermost orbital.
Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:12 pm
Ions are different from regular atoms because they are charged, either from taking away an electron or adding one. Their electron configuration differs because it will have a greater or smaller number of electrons in the configuration, depending on if the atom becomes a cation or anion
Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:24 am
It is also important to keep in mind that in addition to all of this, the number of protons remains the same in the given cation or anion. Isoelectronicity means that the number of valence electrons is the same between two different elements, not the number of protons.