# Is cation the same as protons?

Nov 28, 2016

No.

#### Explanation:

Cations and anions are electrically charged ions - cations are the ions in a compound where it loses an electron when reacting with another ion. Similar to anions that gains electrons.

Protons are subatomic particles with a positive electric charge. They belong in the "family" of neutrons and electrons (and other tiny particles).

E.g:
$N a C l \to$ the cation is $N {a}^{+}$.
$C a C {l}_{\text{2}} \to$ the cation is $C {a}^{2 +}$.

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