Why are atoms of magnesium neutral?

1 Answer
Dec 27, 2017

Well, they got 12 positive nucular charges....this is what defines it as a magnesium atoms.


....and they gots 12 negative charges, owing to the 12 electrons that are conceived to orbit the nuclear core. Because there are EQUAL positive and negative electronic charges, the overall charge on the atom is NEUTRAL. Magnesium tends to lose 2 electrons to form a #Mg^(2+)# cation.