a. In an atom, number of protons is equal to number of electrons.
The given atom contains 29 electrons.
∴ Number of protons = 29
b. The electronic configuration of an atom of an element containing 29 electrons is :
1s2 2s2 2p6 3s2 3p6 4s1 3d10
[Note : Given element is copper (Cu) with Z = 29]