View Single Post
Gokul43201 is offline
Feb22-07, 02:53 PM
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
Gokul43201's Avatar
P: 11,154
Quote Quote by +Minkie+ View Post
Is it true an Iron nucleus requires the most amount of energy to hold it together?
Per nucleon, yes.

I would have thought it would be the larger the nucleus the more energy is required to hold it toghether.
The total binding energy increases with the nuclear mass, but the binding energy per nucleon hits a maximum at Fe.