What Is The Difference Between A Proton And A Neutron?


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sherlin smith answered

The basic difference between protons and neutrons are, protons are positively charged where as neutrons are neutral.

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Kath Senior answered
Protons and neutrons are tiny particles that form the nucleus of the atom. Different elements have different sized nuclei because they contain differing numbers of protons and neutrons.

The basic difference between the two particles is that protons are positively charged whereas neutrons carry no charge – they are electrostatically neutral. Both are about the same size.

Carbon atoms contain six protons and six neutrons. The number of protons and neutrons added together is called the mass number of an element – so the mass number of carbon is 12. The atomic number of an element is the number of protons in an atom – which in the case of carbon is 6. These two numbers appear near the symbol of an element in the periodic table. If you know this, you can work out the number of protons and neutrons in the nucleus of every element that exists.

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