# What is the number of protons in an element?

Mar 14, 2018

The number of protons is equal to the atomic number.

#### Explanation:

For example, $\text{C}$, carbon, has an atomic number $= 6$, so

$\text{no. of protons} = 6$

For neutral atoms

$\text{atomic number" = "no. of protons" = "no. of electrons}$