What is nuclear binding energy?


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Nuclear binding energy is the amount of energy that is needed to split a nucleus into many different parts. The split parts are composed of neutrons and protons, and collectively, all the parts are known as nucleons.

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The nuclear binding energy of an atom can be calculated from the Einstein relationship. This relationship states that the nuclear binding energy equals delta m multiplied by the speed of light squared. Delta m is a different value for each atom and particle. This type of energy is measured in electron volts or mega electron volts. The values are very large because it takes a large amount of energy to break a part a nucleus.

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