Flashcards in 31.2 - Nuclear Binding Energy Deck (9)
Why is the mass of an alpha particle not equal to the mass of 2 protons and 2 neutrons?
Due to mass loss
What is this proportional to?
A release of energy
Because E = mc^2
What is this energy called?
What is binding energy?
The energy required to break a compound up, or given out when forming it
What atom has the highest binding energy?
What does this mean about fusion in stars?
Once it reaches iron, no more energy can be given out
What type of nuclear reaction do nuclei smaller than iron undergo?