What is the basic particle of an element?

1 Answer
Jan 22, 2017


The most fundamental particle of an element is a proton.


The number of protons determines the identity of the element.
The number of electrons is determined by the number of protons. In a neutral element the number of electrons will equal the number of protons.
The number of neutrons can vary between atoms of the same element. The number of neutrons that create a stable nucleus is affected by the number of protons.