Binding Energy makes life possible. Do you agree?

In summary, the author's teacher told him that everything exists because of binding energy. I do not agree with this perspective and find it to be a new attributions of force and energy.
  • #1
itisali
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Hi

My teacher told me that its because of binding energy that we and everything around us exist. I have presented this viewpoint in my blog: http://hubpages.com/hub/The-energy-responsible-for-our-existence---BINDING-ENERGY"

Please visit it and give comments.

If you find mistakes please do inform me.

Waiting for your response.

Thanks

Ali
 
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I hate this "without this the life wouldn't exist". The universe is the way it is, our planet is the way it is. If there was no water on our planet, mabye there would be life forms based not on water but on something else, if there was no binding energy, then there would be completely different universe. Who cares? You can't have infinite number of forces, objects, laws and what not about which you could claim that without it we wouldn't exist. Its just irrelevant.
But that's nothing against your article particulary, actually I like it, its nice to see people actually care about what theyre doing.

Tachyon.
 
  • #3
Thanks for the response. I have just presented my teacher's idea who is a PhD in Nuclear Physics. I am not trying to belittle you or anyone else. You may as well be a PhD in Physics.

I just liked the idea and presented in the form of article.
 
  • #4
Tachyonie said:
I hate this "without this the life wouldn't exist". The universe is the way it is, our planet is the way it is. If there was no water on our planet, mabye there would be life forms based not on water but on something else, if there was no binding energy, then there would be completely different universe. Who cares? You can't have infinite number of forces, objects, laws and what not about which you could claim that without it we wouldn't exist. Its just irrelevant.
But that's nothing against your article particulary, actually I like it, its nice to see people actually care about what theyre doing.

Tachyon.

what he said. +1
 
  • #5
There are a lot of things, which "if they weren't there", would make things completely different. The tiny percentage of noble gases for instance, in the air - if they weren't there, we'd probably still be in the dark ages.

*gets coat*
 
  • #6
I think this is an even more generic and fallacious statement than some others posted.

It amounts to saying... "Without the means of forming the consituents of matter, the the constituents of matter would not have formed."
 
  • #7
to dst:

I am talking about the most fundamental "if they weren't there"
 
  • #8
itisali said:
to dst:

I am talking about the most fundamental "if they weren't there"

Yes but what's the point really? Anyone capable of understanding the level of physics youre talking about also knows that this all *without thing X we wouldn't exist* is just a fillup line to put in BBC documents about black holes and star trek.
I find it caluable for 14 years old students as a way to learn about the strong nuclear force, but as a way of showing "without this, universe wouldn't exist" it fails.

Tachyon.
 
  • #9
to Tach

Ok Tach. You tell me if it hadn't been for the binding energy what would have kept atoms from tearing apart?
 
  • #10
itisali said:
to Tach

Ok Tach. You tell me if it hadn't been for the binding energy what would have kept atoms from tearing apart?

You didnt get my point. I am not saying that this particular force is neglectable. However trying to persuade everyone that without this force you wouldn't exist, is kind of waste of time really...

Tachyon.
 
  • #12
Well I won't argue about it anymore, I made my point loud and clear and obviously I won't persuade you so feel free to continue :) Oh and if you want to improve your article you might want to think about accuracy a bit more, for example instead of using zillions of atoms you can use more accurate estimate - 10 with 70 zeros after it :)
Also you wouldn't want to draw protons and neutrons separated. As you said yourself, the electrostatic repulsion repel the protons from each other and they want to be as far as possible from each other, therefor they would kinda "mix" in between the neutrons.

Tachyon.
 
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itisali said:
My teacher told me that its because of binding energy that we and everything around us exist.
"Everything" it's not correct. There would still be a lot of things: space, time, energy, mass, charge, elementary particles, movement...
 
  • #14
I read the article and was somewhat disconcerted with the new attributions of force and energy. The author started out on strong footing including the term binding energy for which he or she was supposed to bring relief to the reader. The abrupt switch between binding energy and binding force, threw me off for a posteriori. However I mentally concluded that our narrator would complete my journey by explaining the tie in between binding force and binding energy for those of us who are more accustomed to hearing mass and energy being used interchangeably.

So I would then puzzle whether it is a force that matters or energy at resonant frequencies?
 

Related to Binding Energy makes life possible. Do you agree?

1. What is binding energy?

Binding energy is the amount of energy required to hold together the particles of an atom or nucleus. It is the force that binds protons and neutrons together to form a stable nucleus.

2. How does binding energy make life possible?

Binding energy plays a crucial role in the formation of chemical bonds between atoms. These bonds are essential for the creation of molecules, which are the building blocks of all living organisms. Without binding energy, these bonds would not be strong enough to hold molecules together, making life as we know it impossible.

3. Is binding energy only important for living organisms?

No, binding energy is also important in other natural processes such as the formation of stars and the release of energy in nuclear reactions. It is a fundamental force in the universe that impacts both living and non-living systems.

4. How is binding energy measured?

Binding energy is typically measured in units of energy, such as joules or electron volts. It can also be expressed as a mass difference between the particles before and after the binding process, using Einstein's famous equation E=mc^2.

5. Can binding energy be created or destroyed?

No, according to the law of conservation of energy, energy cannot be created or destroyed. Binding energy is a form of potential energy and can only be converted into other forms of energy, but it cannot be destroyed.

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