# Static Electricity - Charge / Charge Interactions

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What is the structure of an atom?
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An electrically neutral atom is an atom which _____.
a. does not have any protons or electrons
b. has more neutrons than the sum of all its protons and electrons
c. has a balance of protons and electrons (the same number of each)
d. has a balance of neutrons and electrons (the same number of each)
e. has a balance of protons, electrons and neutrons (the same number of each)
An electrically charged atom (sometimes referred to as an ion) can be distinguished from an
electrically neutral atom in that the charged atom (ion) _______.
a. does not have any neutrons
b. has lost one or more of its neutrons
c. either has a proton or an electron present somewhere within it
d. has a different number of neutrons than the sum of its electrons and protons
e. has an imbalance of protons and electrons (unequal numbers of these)
What is true of atoms in terms of being neutral, negatively charged, and positively charged is also
true of objects. An object that is negatively charged must have _____________________ (more, less,
the same number of) electrons compared to its protons. An object that is positively charged must
have _____________________ (more, less, the same number of) electrons compared to its protons.
An object that is electrically neutral must have _____________________ (more, less, the same number
of) electrons compared to its protons.