Asked in Atoms and Atomic Structure
How many electrons does zinc-66 have?
February 18, 2008 7:00PM
well, the isotope number of the atom doesnt matter, as long is it doesnt decay, as it only specifies the number of neutrons which doesn't have a strong affect on the stable number of electrons. Typically, free atoms are stable when they have a netral net charge, Though, if excited with EM waves, the electrons will want to increase in energy, and eventually leave the atom.
For any atom, the number of electrons is simply the atomic number, which for zinc is 30.
though, when zinc is in close proximity to itself or other metals, it bonds metallically, and looses its electrons to have a full p orbital, meaning that the only number of electrons actuall in the atom is 18
when in ionic bond it looses two electrons, and then only has 28 electrons