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Atom vs Ion

Differences between atom and ion.

  Atom Ion
1. It is the smallest particle of an element. It is the smallest unit of an ionic compound.
2. it can or cannot exist independently and can take part in a chemical reaction. It cannot exist independently and is surrounded by oppositely charged ions.
3. it is electrically nuetral It has a net charge (either negative or positive)

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