# What is the atomic number of carbon-14?

Aug 7, 2018

Why ${Z}_{\text{the atomic number}} = 6$....

#### Explanation:

The atomic number is the number of protons, massive, positively charged nuclear particles, present in the nucleus of an atom. $Z$ DEFINES the indentity of the element...$Z = 1 ,$ $\text{hydrogen}$; $Z = 2 ,$ $\text{helium}$; $Z = 3 ,$ $\text{lithium}$; $Z = 4 ,$ $\text{beryllium}$; $Z = 5 ,$ $\text{boron}$; and $Z = 6 ,$ $\text{carbon....}$...etc.. or at least that's what it says on the Periodic Table.

Of course we gots the ISOTOPE, ""^14C...the nucleus of this isotope has EIGHT neutrons, 8 neutrally-charged massive nuclear particles, the which interact somehow with the protons. ""^14C occurs with an isotopic abundance of approx. one part in ${10}^{12}$...

Aug 7, 2018

The atomic number is 6 the number of protons.

#### Explanation:

""_6^14 C

The bottom number of the atom is the atomic number which is based on the number of protons.

The 14 is the total mass of the atom. Carbon 14 has 6 protons and 8 neutrons for a total mass of 14