What Is a Neutral Atom?

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A neutral atom is a basic unit of matter whose number of protons and electrons is equal. An atom is made up of protons which have a charge of +1, neutrons and electrons which have a charge of -1. Atoms cannot lose electrons and therefore to be neutral they must attract the protons of equal amounts as electrons.
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A neutral atom is an atom that has an equal number of electrons and protons in it. Protons have a +1 charge while electrons have a -1 charge. In a neutral atom these equal out.
A neutral atom is one that has no net charge. All elements contain an equal number of protons and atoms which makes them neutral. Some atoms may gain or lose electrons in order to be stable. When this happens they will have a charge and will no longer be neutral.
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