The Power of Transformation: Turning Ions into Atoms

How can we transform a carbide ion into a neutral carbon atom?

What steps need to be taken to change the charge and create a neutral atom?


To change a carbide ion to a neutral carbon atom, adjust the charges so the total equals zero. In this case, add 4 dark grey balls to counterbalance the charge of 4 medium grey balls.

When looking at the model of the carbide ion, we see that there are 8 light grey balls (0 charge), 6 dark grey balls (+1 charge each), and 10 medium grey balls (-1 charge each). The total charge of the carbide ion is 14.

In order to transform this carbide ion into a neutral carbon atom, we must ensure that the total charge equals zero. By adding 4 dark grey balls in the center (each with a +1 charge), we can balance out the charge of 4 medium grey balls (each with a -1 charge).

The resulting arrangement will have no net charge, making it a neutral carbon atom. This transformation demonstrates the power of adjusting charges to create a different chemical species.

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