# When an atom has an atomic number of 6 and a mass number is 14 how many electrons and neutrons are in the atom?

Jun 4, 2018

$\text{electrons} = 6$

$\text{neutrons} = 8$

#### Explanation:

In a neutral atom, the number of electrons is equal to the number of protons. The atomic number indicates the number of protons.

The mass number is the sum of the number of neutrons and the number of protons.

$\text{mass number" = "protons" + "neutrons}$

As we know from the atomic number, the number of protons is equal to $6$, so the number of neutrons is $8$.

$\text{neutrons} = 14 - 6$