Atoms and Molecules

Molecules and Chemical Bonds

What is the charge of a molecule?

The overall charge of a molecule is determined by the number of protons and electrons in the whole molecule. If there are more protons than electrons, the molecule will possess an overall positive charge. If there are more electrons than protons, the molecule will similarly possess an overall negative charge. A molecule with the same number of electrons and protons is neutral and has no net charge.


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