What is the charge of an atom?

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Usually an atom has the same number of protons (positive particles) and electrons (negative particles). This brings the overall charge of the atom to zero. However, if an atom loses one or more electrons, then there are more positive particles than negative particles and the resulting ion has a positive charge. Likewise, if an atom gains one or more electrons, the resulting ion has a negative charge.
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1. Find the elements composing the compound on the periodic table of the elements and verify that the compound consists of at least one metal and one nonmetal. Generally, metals reside
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All atoms are neutral--they have the same number of negatively charged electrons and positively charged protons. (In hydrogen's case, there is one of each.) Most elements, however
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zero, or none because it's an atom; not an ion.
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By the equal numbers of protons and electrons.
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