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Is the binding energy the same energy as the strong nuclear force?

  1. Mar 29, 2009 #1
    Is the binding energy the same energy as the strong nuclear force?
     
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  3. Mar 29, 2009 #2

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    Binding energy is a concept, which can be caused by many kinds of forces.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binding_energy

    e.g. the gravitational force between two bodies can result in a binding energy of those two bodies form a bound state.

    And same in atoms, the electromagnetic force between protons and electrons will give rise to a binding energy.

    The binding energy is related to the potential, and the force is the gradient of that potential.

    You are probably asking this since I said that Iron has the largest binding energy per nucleon right?
     
  4. Mar 29, 2009 #3
    Yeah, I was curious. Thanks for answering though.
     
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