# Nuclear Binding Energy/nucleon Question

• dav1d
In summary, to calculate the binding energy per nucleon for different nuclides, you need to first calculate the mass difference between the measured nucleus and the calculated mass based on the number of protons and neutrons. Then, use this value to calculate the binding energy using the equation E=mc^2. Finally, convert the binding energy to J/nucleon by multiplying by the conversion factor of 1.602x10^-13 J/MeV. The most stable nuclide is the one with the highest binding energy per nucleon.
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## Homework Statement

Calculate the binding energy per nucleon (J/nucleon) for
4 He - 4.0026u
239-Pu - 239.0522u
2H 2.0141u
56-Fe 55.9349u

Which nuclide is the most stable?

E=mc^2

## The Attempt at a Solution

If I know how to solve the first, I can solve the rest.

So, calculating for He
mass of the measured nucleus is 4.0026u
calculated mass= 2(p+n)=2(1.00728u+1.00866u)=4.03188u
delta M=-0.2928u

E=mc^2
=(-0.2928u)(3x10^8m/s)^2(1.66x10^-27kg/u)
=-4.374..x10^-11

The correct answer is -1.13x10^-12 J/nucelon

I'm not sure where I went wrong. Thanks for helping!

Hi there, thank you for sharing your attempt at solving the problem. I see that you have correctly calculated the mass of the measured nucleus and the calculated mass based on the number of protons and neutrons. However, the value for delta M should be -0.02988u, not -0.2928u. This is because the mass of a single proton and neutron is not exactly 1u, so we need to use more precise values (1.00728u and 1.00866u) in our calculation.

Using the correct value for delta M, we can now calculate the binding energy per nucleon for 4He as follows:

E = delta M * (931.5 MeV/u) = (-0.02988u) * (931.5 MeV/u) = -27.8 MeV

To convert this to J/nucleon, we need to multiply by the conversion factor of 1.602x10^-13 J/MeV, giving us:

E = (-27.8 MeV) * (1.602x10^-13 J/MeV) = -4.45x10^-12 J/nucleon

This is very close to the correct answer of -1.13x10^-12 J/nucleon, so it seems like you were on the right track. Just make sure to use the more precise values for the masses of protons and neutrons in your calculation.

To solve for the other nuclides, you can follow the same steps and use their respective masses to calculate delta M and then the binding energy per nucleon. The most stable nuclide is the one with the highest binding energy per nucleon, so you can compare the values you calculated to determine which one is the most stable.

I hope this helps, and let me know if you have any further questions. Good luck!

## 1. What is Nuclear Binding Energy?

Nuclear Binding Energy is the energy required to hold the nucleus of an atom together. It is the difference between the mass of an atom and the combined mass of its individual protons and neutrons.

## 2. How is Nuclear Binding Energy calculated?

Nuclear Binding Energy can be calculated using the famous formula E=mc^2, where E is the energy, m is the mass difference between the nucleus and its individual particles, and c is the speed of light.

## 3. What is the unit of measurement for Nuclear Binding Energy?

The unit of measurement for Nuclear Binding Energy is joules (J) or electron volts (eV). Sometimes it is also expressed in MeV (mega electron volts) or keV (kilo electron volts) for convenience.

## 4. Why is Nuclear Binding Energy important?

Nuclear Binding Energy is important because it is the driving force behind nuclear reactions and the stability of atoms. It also plays a crucial role in nuclear power generation and nuclear weapons.

## 5. What is the significance of the term "binding energy per nucleon"?

Binding energy per nucleon is a measure of the stability of an atom's nucleus. The higher the binding energy per nucleon, the more tightly bound the nucleus is and the more stable the atom is. This helps us understand the behavior of different elements and isotopes.

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