So my teacher asked: "$[K^+]_i$ (k+ on the inside) is about forty times higher than $[K^+]_o$ (k- on the outside). With so many more positively charged potassium ions inside versus outside, why isn’t the interior of the cell positively charged compared to the exterior?"
My Thoughts: I am assuming that there must be enough negative charges inside the cell from other things like chlorine or ATP and proteins that the net coulombs on the inside is lower than the net coulombs on the outside. Does this seem like the correct answer? I am hesitant to use this because so far my teacher has only talked about potentials and not charges. I completely understand that the potential is negative, but potential and charge are two different things.
Edit: posted exact question from teacher as opposed to original summary of question