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Binding energy

  1. Oct 26, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    lets's say the binding energy of 12_6 C atom is 2.00MeV .. what's the energy required to remove a nucleon form the 12_6 C atom

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    is it 2.00MeV or 2.00MeV / 12 ?

    binding energy is defined as the energy required to separate all the nucleon in the atom...
     
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  3. Oct 26, 2014 #2

    haruspex

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    Suppose we remove one nucleon at a time. Is the energy required the same at each step?
     
  4. Oct 26, 2014 #3
    Same?
     
  5. Oct 26, 2014 #4

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    If you remove a proton, what type of nucleus is left? Can you find the binding energy of this nucleus? Can you then use this information to find the energy required to remove the proton?

    What if you remove a neutron instead of a proton?
     
  8. Oct 27, 2014 #7

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    That'll certainly work, but the casual wording of the question suggests the author thinks there is some generic route to an answer. Desmond, is this the exact wording, or have you reworded it to make it sound more generic?
     
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