Metalloids and the difference between the positive ion and negative ion
The metalloids are semi-metallic elements that have the properties of both metals and nonmetals, It is difficult to know the metalloids from their outermost electrons due to the difference in the numbers of the electrons in their valencies shells.
The positive ion
The positive ion (the cation) is the atom of a metallic element that loses one electron or more during the chemical reactions, The positive ion carries positive charges equal to the number of the lost electrons.
The number of energy levels in the positive ion is less than the number of energy levels in its atom.
The negative ion
The negative ion (the anion) is an atom of a nonmetallic element that gains one electron or more during chemical reactions, The number of electrons of the negative ion is more than that of its protons.
The negative ion carries the negative charges equal to the number of the gained electrons.
You notice that the number of energy levels in the negative ion is equal to the number of energy levels in its atom.
The electronic structure of the negative ion is similar to that of the nearest inert gas that follows.
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