# What is the number of electrons in a carbon atom?

Dec 29, 2016

#### Answer:

For $C$, $Z = 6$.

#### Explanation:

And if there are 6 nuclear protons, 6 fundamental, massive particles of unit positive charge within the nucleus, there must be 6 fundamental particles with unit negative charge, whizzing round the nucleus if the atom is neutral.............

And thus there are 6 electrons in a carbon atom...........