Conversion constant from mass to energy

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I was told at school that if we want to calculate the rest energy of the proton, we multiply its rest mass = 938 MeVc^-2 by a factor of 1.6*10^-13. However, doesn't this convert MeV to Joules only? What about the c^2? Please explain why we can omit it in our calculations. Thank you!
 

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mathman
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c2 is built into the constant you use.
 
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The rest energy is 938Mev
 

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