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Fluorine contains 9 electrons,neon contains 10 electrons & sodium contains 11 electrons.Would it be possible.. transform fluorine,neon and sodium into one another by another by appropriate removal or addition of electrons?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    We can easily add an electron to fluorine and remove an electron from sodium, it's the bsis of much of their chemistry and the movement of electrons is arguably at the heartof all chemistry in the formation and breaking of bonds between atoms and ions.

    To convert fluorine to neon is much harder. As well as adding an electron you have to add a proton as well. Strictly the atomic number (9 for fluorine etc) of an element is the number of protons in the nucleus (central core) of each atom of that element. In free atoms of the element the number of protons will equal the number of electrons but once bonding between atoms starts it's much less clear which electron 'belongs' to which atom and certainly atoms gain and lose electrons when they become ions in substances such as ... sodium fluoride.

    Source(s): PhD Chemist
  • 1 decade ago

    The number of protons that an atom contains, determines the chemical element to which it belongs (e.g. Oxygen 8 protons), the number of neutrons determines the isotope (e.g. Oxygen 16, or 18) and the number of electrons determines its configuration. In order to turn one chemical species into another, you would need to add/remove protons and neutrons as well as electrons. Theoretically speaking, it would be possible, using nuclear fusion and fission. But it would be SO expensive that you should just settle for the quantities that you already have.

  • 1 decade ago

    No. The identity of an atom is determined by the number of protons, not the number of electrons. Changing the number of electrons induces a charge on the atom, making it an ion instead.

    In order to change the number of protons, you must perform a nuclear reaction... something quite beyond the alchemists of old.

  • 1 decade ago

    only fllourine and sodium can be transformed because they are reactive and neon is not reactive. and flourine and sodium can be only 'changed' into neon by reacting them with another element, bt they will not be neon they will have the same configuration as neon.

  • 1 decade ago

    Theoroticaly possible but not practicaly because very large amount of heat is evolved during the change.

  • 1 decade ago

    You probably need an elementary course in chemistry.

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