How many neutrons are in neon?

1 Answer
Sep 11, 2016

Answer:

It depends, but usually 10

Explanation:

There are many isotopes of neon and each has a different number of neutrons. Neon always has 10 protons, but the number of neutrons varies with each isotope. The most common are #""_10^20Ne# (10 protons, 90.48% abundance), #""_10^21Ne# (11 protons, .27% abundance), and #""_10^22Ne# (12 protons, 9.25% abundance). Other, extremely uncommon, isotopes are #""_10^16Ne#, #""_10^17Ne#, #""_10^18Ne#, #""_10^19Ne#, #""_10^23Ne#, #""_10^24Ne#, #""_10^25Ne#, #""_10^26Ne#,#""_10^27Ne#, #""_10^28Ne#, #""_10^29Ne#, #""_10^30Ne#, #""_10^31Ne#, #""_10^32Ne#, #""_10^33Ne#, and #""_10^34Ne#.

The number of neutrons usually ranges from 10-12, but it can range from 6-24.