Feb 16, 2011

What differs atoms from ions?

Ions are nothing but atoms with either positive or negative charge.We can make a neutral atom into a positively charged ion(cation) by simply removing electrons or negatively charged ion(anion) by adding electrons, since removing electrons the no. of protons in that atom increases when compare to electrons leading to a cation.
This ion formation in Sodium atom and Chloride atom leads to the formation of Sodium chloride molecule through ionic bond formation commonly known as table salt.
Ionic Bond in NaCl

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