If #Z=5#, how many electrons are in the neutral atom?

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Nov 20, 2017

Answer:

You might have got us here....

Explanation:

#"Do you mean the atomic number Z is 5?"#

And thus we would have the element boron. If #Z=5# there are 5 nuclear protons, i.e. 5 massive, positively-charged nuclear particles... And thus, for electrical neutrality, there must be 5 electrons, 5 fundamental particles of negligible mass but unit negative charge, conceived to whizz about the nuclear core.....