Noor asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 6 months ago

When a neutral charged object loses electrons does it's atoms turn into positive ions and then after a couple seconds come as atoms?

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  • 6 months ago
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    Depends on the object. In conductive solids, a portion of the electrons sre shared out thoroughout the solid, so there's no single atom laying claim to them. Any lost electrons will be from that sea of valence electrons.

    In a nonconductive solid (and you'd be amazed how hard it is to find one of those, most are simply badly conductive), the electrons will come from a location and keep on missing there, if you can prevent them being replaced from the environment. That location will rarely ba an atom, though, but more usually a molecule, which again will have a few electrons shared throughout the molecule (binding electrons), so losing one electron will change the charge distribution of the molecule, but will be very hard to pin to one specific atom.

    Neutralizing that positive charge - if there are less strongly bound electrons in the vincinity, that will happen much faster than within seconds. In a good vacuum, it won't ever happen.

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  • 6 months ago

    When a neutral charged object ...

    A neutral object is not charged. When an atom loses electrons due to being subjected to a high voltage, or to ionization in aqueous solution, for instance, another species becomes negatively charged.

    The negatively charge particle can shed an "extra" electron to return to a neutral state, and the positively charged particle can pick up an electron to become neutral again.

    neutral gas molecule --high voltage--> positively charged ion + electron --> neutral molecule

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  • 6 months ago

    The first part is correct, some of its atoms become positive ions.

    But I have no idea what you mean by "come as atoms" ??

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    • billrussell42
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      6 months agoReport

      depends on the circumstances. The object is positively charged and would attract stray electrons from the atmosphere and neutralize the charge. But in a vacuum and with a massive charge, that could take a long time.

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