I'm perpetually confused keeping track of the energetics of a nuclear reaction and I broke down my conceptual questions into the following parts
statement a-In a fission reaction, the two medium sized daughter nuclei each have more binding energy per nucleon than the original nucleus
statement b-In a fusion reaction the heavier nucleus has more binding energy per nucleon than the lighter ones
Which of these statements are correct and why, I know that mass of the reactants is always higher (the loss in mass is released as energy) and total binding energy of reactants is always lower (I can't visualize this very well) for a spontaneous reaction but I can't figure out the validity of the above statements and I'd really appreciate some help with that-thank you.
The Attempt at a Solution