# What is the 23 element on the periodic table? What does 23 stand for?

If $Z = 23$, the element is vanadium.............
$Z$ is the so-called $\text{atomic number}$, which is the number of protons, fundamental, massive, positively charged particles in the element's nucleus. This number defines the identity of the nucleus: $Z = 1$, the element is hydrogen; $Z = 2$, the element is helium;...............$Z = 23$, the element is vanadium.........