What is a positively charged ion?

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Positively charged ions are particles which have a greater number of protons than electrons.


Quick reminder - electrons have a negative charge, protons have a positive charge

A monoatomic ion with a positive charge forms when a single atom (monoatomic) loses 1 or more electrons while keeping all of its protons. This give the ion a net positive charge.

This video discusses the formation of both positive and negative monoatomic ions.

Polyatomic ions are groups of atoms with an overall positive charge because they have a larger number of protons than electrons.

This video discusses the make-up of polyatomic ions, including ammonium which has a positive charge.

Hope this helps!