How do atoms differ from ions?

1 Answer

There is a vast difference between atoms and ions


Ions are charged particles which can contain positive or negative charges.
Atoms are the simplest form of an element which cannot be further divided. They do not carry any charges, which means that they are neutral.

Ions contain unequal numbers of protons or electrons .
Atoms contain same or equal numbers of protons and electrons.
Atoms have the same number of electrons and protons so t hey cancel out their charges.

This image is an example of a atom.

This is an example of an ion