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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fundamentals : Finding Binding energy

To find Binding energy is to find the mass of constituents (nucleons) deduct mass of nucleus and calculate the energy released by this mass defect.

However , the situation may arise where the mass of constituents are given as (nucleons) + electrons deduct mass of ATOM and the energy released by this mass defect is binding energy of atom (inclusive of BE of electron) which is relatively small and therefore insignificant .