2nd November 2019

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What does it mean for something to be charged?

When that happens,the atom is in a normal or neutral state. An entire atom becomes electrically charged when the number of electrons or protons stops being equal. The "extra" electron or proton isn't balanced by something inside the atom anymore and begins to be attracted to the protons or electrons in other atoms.

Likewise, what does the charge of an atom mean?

A charged atom has either too many or too few electrons. The mass of superheated, charged atoms with disassociated electrons becomes a plasma. When one or more electrons is knocked off of an atom, it becomes positively charged. It is now an positive ion. A negative ion can be made by adding an electron to an atom.

What is it called when an atom is charged?

An atom can acquire a positive charge or a negative charge depending on whether the number of electrons in an atom is greater or less then the number of protons in the atom. When an atom is attracted to another atom because it has an unequal number of electrons and protons, the atom is called an ION.
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