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If two light nuclei join together to form a “heavier” nucleus, then how is the mass of the nucleus less. I know the mass is less because of some of it being converted to energy but wouldn’t that mean it becomes “lighter” instead? Because weight is influenced by mass. What does it mean by the nucleus becoming “heavier”?? I sound kinda dumb asking this.
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Mass is converted to energy yes. But heavier just means that it is overall heavier than one if the nuclei on its own
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(Original post by Thanoswashere)
If two light nuclei join together to form a “heavier” nucleus, then how is the mass of the nucleus less. I know the mass is less because of some of it being converted to energy but wouldn’t that mean it becomes “lighter” instead? Because weight is influenced by mass. What does it mean by the nucleus becoming “heavier”?? I sound kinda dumb asking this.
Simplified example and probably not the right numbers, but essentially nuclei of masses 2 and 3 fuse to make one of mass 1 and one of mass 3.99. The 0.01 left over is cinverted to energy.
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Mass is converted to energy yes. But heavier just means that it is overall heavier than one if the nuclei on its own
Ok I think I understand now. Thank you so much for your help!
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Ok I think I understand now. Thank you so much for your help!
Best to put it this way: light nuclei + light nuclei = heavier nuclei + energy
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Simplified example and probably not the right numbers, but essentially nuclei of masses 2 and 3 fuse to make one of mass 1 and one of mass 3.99. The 0.01 left over is cinverted to energy.
Thank you so much for explaining that. I find that the CGP explanations for my physics are too simple for what appears in the test
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Best to put it this way: light nuclei + light nuclei = heavier nuclei + energy
Ok I’ll remember that for revision. Thank you 🙏🏼
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