What does the nucleus of an atom of cobalt-58 contains?

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Jan 17, 2017

Answer:

Well if it's #""^58Co#, then the atom contains 27 protons.......

Explanation:

The element cobalt is characterzied by the presence of 27 massive, positively charged particles, #"27 protons"#, in its nucleus. Since it is #""^58Co#, there are #"31 neutrons"#, 31 massive, neutrally charged particles in its nucleus.

And since we assume that the atom is neutral, there are 27 electrons whizizng about the massive nuclear core.