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Netural atoms.

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:25 pm
by 405404782 Gabriel Rigole 4F
Why do we compare everything to the neutral atom?

Re: Netural atoms.

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:33 pm
by Ethan Lam 4A
We compare everything to neutral atoms because it gives us a baseline to compare ions and compounds. For example, it helps us understand the differences in ionization energy because it is easier to remove an electron away from a neutral atom instead of a cation.

Re: Netural atoms.

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:00 pm
by Julianna Laurentano 4G
When we compare to the neutral atom, is it easy to determine if there was a loss or gain in electrons due to the positive or negative charge of the given ion. In the neutral state, the number of electrons equals the number of protons, so if there is a change in the net charge of the atom, it becomes represented with - or +.