We all know that if we break up an atom, we get a lot of energy in return. I'm having trouble visualizing what this equation actually means. Does it mean that a large amount of energy is required to bring matter together? Does it mean a large amount of energy can be converted mass? Isn't energy a property of mass to begin with (the motion of atoms, the motion of electrons)? What is it?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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# Energy-mass equivalence - E=mc^2

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