# Does the sulfur atom have the same number of electrons as the sulfide ion?

Aug 20, 2017

Nope.........

#### Explanation:

Sulfur has 16 electrons in the neutral element. Upon reduction to sulfide, it gains an extra 2 electrons to give 18 of the little beasts:

$S + 2 {e}^{-} \rightarrow {S}^{2 -}$

Charge and mass are balanced, as is required of any chemical equation.