How many protons, electrons, and neutrons does a neutral atom of an element with atomic number 48 and mass number 120 contain?

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Jun 27, 2016

Answer:

The element is characterized by the number of protons, massive, positively charged nuclear particles. Here #Z=48#

Explanation:

The mass of an atom is the sum of massive nuclear particles, protons (as above), and neutrons, neutrally charged, massive nuclear particles. Here the number of neutrons #=# #120-48=?#

In the neutral element, if there are #48# positive charges, there are #48# negative particles, i.e. #48# electrons, conceived to orbit the massive core.

I could describe the element as #""^120M#, where #Z=48#. What is the name of the element, and what is its symbol?