# What charge would be associated with an iron atom that had 37 electrons?

Sep 20, 2017

Why....$- 11$

#### Explanation:

We got 37 fundamental, negative charges, and 26 fundamental, positive charges. The net charge is the difference $26 - 37 = - 11$.

The number of neutrons was there to distract you, as these are neutrally charged fundamental particles....

And we can go farther that this and specify the isotope.

We have ""^43Fe^(-11)....not that we would have any chance of observing such an ion. Such a charge at an atomic level is pretty absurd.