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The element carbon contains six protons in its atomic structure. Carbon has six neutrons that exist with the protons, found in the nucleus of each atom of carbon.


Carbon has six protons, which determines its place in the periodic table. All chemical elements possess an atomic number like this, starting with hydrogen at the atomic number of one. Carbon is the element widely accepted as being the key component for life on Earth.


Carbon has six protons in its nucleus, so its atomic number is six. It also has six neutrons in its nucleus and typically has six electrons as well.


A proton is a positively charged particle that is approximately 1.67*10^-27 kilograms in size. Protons can also be measured in Mega-Electron Volts. In Mega-Electron Volts, a proton is approximately equal to 938.27.


The number of protons that are found is an atom is referred to as the atomic number. This number is also referred to as the proton number.


Each atom contains an equal number of protons and electrons; these particles will be equal in value to an element's atomic number. For example, the element gold, or AU, has an atomic number of 79, meaning it has 79 protons and 79 electrons. Atomic number is not to be confused with atomic mass.


A proton is a subatomic particle that has a positive charge of +1 e. An "e" is defined as the elementary electrical charge that a proton possesses, measured at approximately 1.6 x 10^-19 coulombs. The positive electrical charge of a proton is opposed by negative charge of an electron.


The number of protons an atom has depends on what element it is. A hydrogen atom, for example, only has one proton. A nitrogen atom has 7 protons, an atom of antimony has 51 protons and an atom of radium has 88 protons.


Calcium has 20 protons, 20 neutrons and 20 electrons. It is a silvery solid that is classified as an Alkaline Earth metal on the periodic table.


Ununoctium, with 118 protons, has the highest number of protons, but uranium has the most protons of any naturally occurring element with 92. However, ununoctium is a manmade element, as it isn't possible for it to exist in nature.