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What is the correct nuclide symbol for a neutral atom with 23 protons and 31 neutrons?

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December 19, 2014 1:20PM

Any atom with 23 protons in each nucleus is a vanadium atom and therefore has the atomic symbol V Also, any atom with 23 protons and 31 neutrons has a mass number of (23 + 31) or 54. Therefore, the atom may be described as an atom of "vanadium-54". There is a shorter symbol that is usually preferred, but it is impossible to write within the typographical constraints of this WikiAnswers program. That symbol is the letter "V" with both a superscript of "54" and a subscript of "23" on the left side of but adjacent to the letter V.