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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Why are Hadrons so much heavier than their quark components? For example, the components of the proton have a combined mass of 12 MeV but the proton is ~950 MeV. If we look at binding energy:

[tex]B=\sum{m_{components}}-m_{whole}[/tex] so the Binding Energy must be a large negative number. Is this right? If so, why?

[tex]B=\sum{m_{components}}-m_{whole}[/tex] so the Binding Energy must be a large negative number. Is this right? If so, why?