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Does an Atom's Type dictate the Protons and Neutrons?

  1. May 23, 2016 #1

    Does an Atom's Type have to do with the number of protons and neutrons it has? Or are they completely unrelated? Just curious.

    Thanks :)
  2. jcsd
  3. May 23, 2016 #2
    What do you mean by type? The element is determined by the number of protons (i.e. the nuclear charge), and the particular isotope of an element is determined by the sum of the number neutrons and protons (or the total number of nucleons).
  4. May 23, 2016 #3
    I just meant like the chemical element, so you answered my question. Thanks! :smile:
  5. May 23, 2016 #4
    Beside isotopes, you may also find antimatter or muonic atoms (exotic matter), for example, a lot more interesting.
  6. May 23, 2016 #5
    Okay, cool! Good to know and thanks :smile:
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