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always associate an electron as -
An electron is negative. Think electron think the symbol -  minus. electron. minus. -

Ah!  I hope I get this right:

where I see a - sign, it means "electrons".  If I see a + sign and a - sign, I can imagine a line running from the plus to the minus: the electrons are over at the - end because - means 'electron(s)'.

A + atom has less electrons than when it was neutral--it's proton to electron balance is skewed.  There are more protons than electrons (in a single atom)

A - atom has extra electrons.  There are more electrons than protons.

In a pair, with either ionic or covalent bonding, + and - tell me which atom in the pair has the most electrons  above its natural (pure element) count.

So I need to have the electron counts memorised for each atom--the valence electrons--or the bonding electrons...

But...the + and the - are the answer: the atom with the minus has more electrons than normal when compared to the atom with the plus.  (Or: the atom with the plus has less electrons than normal when compared to the atom with the minus)

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 07:18:41 PM EST
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