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Query:

Re: Can an ion also be an isotope?

Date: Thu Oct 2 09:30:44 2003
Posted By: Tony Gaglierd, Assistant Professor , Natural Science and Engineering Technology
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1064852608.Ch
Message:

An Isotope is a nuclide that has the same number of protons but different 
numbers of neutrons. Hydrogen for example has 3 isotopes, Protium 1 proton 
no neutrons, Deuterium 1 proton and 1 neutron, Tritium 1 proton and 2 
neutrons.

All atoms are electrically neutral, that is the number of negatively 
charged electrons surrounding the nucleus equals the number of positive 
charged protons in the nucleus.

Ionization is the process of removing electrons from an atom thus giving 
it a charge.

It doesnít matter if a normal atom or an isotope loses an electron and 
becomes charged itís still an ion. 

Lets use water for example. If we replace the normal hydrogen in water 
with one of it's isotopes say tritium when that molecule disassociates 
into Tritium and oxygen the Tritium will become an ion and it will also be 
an isotope of hydrogen.

So an isotope can also be an ion.

I hope I have answered you question.

Thanks for writing.



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