Binding energy

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  • (chemistry) (nuclear binding energy)
  1. The energy equivalent (E = mc2) of the mass deficiency of an atom. where: E = is the energy in joules, m is the mass in kilograms, and c is the speed of light in m/s2.
  2. The minimum energy required to separate a nucleus into its component neutrons and protons.
    Source: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • (geology)
  1. Amount of mass that disappears when fundamental particles combine to form a nucleus.
    Source: Leet, L. Don. 1982. Physical Geology, 6th Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall

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