Day: February 4, 2016

Protons

Protons

  Protons   02/04/16
Symmetry is one of the most omnipresent facets of the universe. Protons are the natural counterbalance to electrons. Protons are positively charged particles that surround the nucleons in the atomic nucleus. The number of protons are what determines an element (for example, water has one proton, if another proton is added, then it becomes Helium, and so on). Protons balance out the electrons, if there is an imbalance, then then the atom is called an ion. Ions are considered “positive” (cation) if there is a dearth of electrons ( since the total positive charge of the protons will outbalance the total negative charge of the electrons) and vice versa for negatively charged ions (anions).