Silver Protons Neutrons Electrons (And How to Find them?)

Silver Protons Neutrons Electrons

Silver has 47 protons, 61 neutrons and 47 electrons.

But how will you find the number of protons, neutrons and electrons in Silver (Si)?

Well, it is very easy to find the protons, neutrons and electrons of silver atom.

Here I have given a very simple method for finding the protons, neutrons and electrons of silver atom.

Let’s dive right into it!

Finding the Protons, Neutrons and Electrons in Silver

How to find protons?

  • The number of protons can be found by knowing the atomic number of that atom. [1]

How to find neutrons?

  • The number of neutrons can be found by subtracting the atomic number from its atomic mass.

How to find electrons?

  • For a neutral atom, the number of electrons can be found by knowing the atomic number of that atom.

Let’s calculate the number of protons, neutrons and electrons in silver.

If you don’t want to read, then you can also watch this video.

#1 Number of Protons in Silver

If you have a periodic table with you, then most of the answers are in front of you.

You can see the elements, their atomic number and their atomic mass from the periodic table.

Now here our element is Silver (Si).

silver protons

So from the above periodic table, you can see that the atomic number of silver is 47.

As the atomic number of silver is 47, it has a total of 47 protons in its nucleus.

Thus, the number of protons in Silver is 47.

#2 Number of Neutrons in Silver

In order to find the number of neutrons of silver atom, you should know its atomic mass first.

The number of neutrons in silver can be obtained by subtracting the atomic number from its atomic mass.

silver neutrons

The atomic mass of silver is 107.87 u (which you can round it to 108). [2]

So from this atomic mass (i.e 108), you have to subtract its atomic number (i.e 47).

So you will get 108 – 47 = 61.

Thus, the number of neutrons in Silver is 61.

#3 Number of Electrons in Silver

silver electrons

For a neutral atom, the number of electrons and the number of protons are the same.

Here, the silver atom is a neutral atom.

So the number of electrons in silver is equal to its number of protons (which is also equal to its atomic number).

In the beginning, we have found that the number of protons in silver is 47.

Thus, the number of electrons in Silver is 47.

Summary

Number of Protons in Silver

  • The number of protons can be found by knowing the atomic number of that atom.
  • Number of Protons in Silver = Atomic number of Silver = 47

Number of Neutrons in Silver

  • The number of neutrons can be found by subtracting the atomic number from its atomic mass.
  • Number of Neutrons in Silver = Atomic mass of Silver – Atomic number of Silver = 108 – 47 = 61

Number of Electrons in Silver

  • For a neutral atom, the number of electrons can be found by knowing the atomic number of that atom.
  • Number of Electrons in Silver = Atomic number of Silver = 47

I hope you have understood the simple method for finding the protons, neutrons and electrons of silver atom.

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