Out of a set of nuclides, is the one with the highest or lowest binding energy the most stable?
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This isn't the actual homework question, I just need to be sure in order to do a more complicated problem. My guess is that the more stable nuclides would have a higher binding energy, so that they give off more energy when coming together, hence having the lowest possible energy when the dust settles. But then, I might have completely missed the mark.
That's about right. The more energy given off in coming together means that the nucleons are (or nucleus is) at a lower energy state.
For future reference - http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/nucene/nucbin.html
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