What is the site of an atom's positive charge?

1 Answer
Nov 2, 2016


The nucleus


The positive charge resides on the nucleus of the atom, which is where the protons are located. However, a positive charge is created by losing an electron from an orbital which is obviously outside the nucleus of the atom.

It might be better to think of the atom as having an excess positive charge, in that having lost an electron the atom now has one more proton than it has electrons, giving it a net positive charge.