Binding Energy

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Homework Statement


Calculate the average binding energy per nucleon in the deuterium nucleus.

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Average binding energy= total binding energy/mass number

The Attempt at a Solution



Would i first have to find the mass of the nucleus and then the difference in mass? My textbook uses the difference in mass and converts thats into MeV/c^2 units.

Then with the total binding energy I can find the average binding energy?

I think that's right, but I'm not to sure.
 

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Dick
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Sure. What's the difference in mass between a deuterium nucleus and the sum of the masses of the proton and an neutron that make it? Then convert it to a binding energy via E=mc^2. Just try it.
 
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Would i first have to find the mass of the nucleus and then the difference in mass?
Yes, unless the textbook expects you to calculate the binding energy using theory.

I think that's right, but I'm not to sure.
Yup, it's right.
 

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