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## Main Question or Discussion Point

I read that nuclear binding energy is the energy required to separate a nucleus into its comprising nucleons.

Why then is mass defect calculated from this?

How is the nuclear binding energy graph used to calculate energy released from fusion?

Please explain in layman's terms, if you could explain some vocabulary involving your explanation, that would be great.

Thanks.

Why then is mass defect calculated from this?

How is the nuclear binding energy graph used to calculate energy released from fusion?

Please explain in layman's terms, if you could explain some vocabulary involving your explanation, that would be great.

Thanks.