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How many electrons does an atom of nitrogen have?

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January 22, 2011 3:14PM

The atomic number of nitrogen is 7. That means that nitrogen has 7 protons per atom, each one having a +1 charge. Assuming that the atom of nitrogen is electrically neutral, there must also be 7 electrons, each of them having a -1 charge, in order for the total charge of the atom to be 0.