Now getting back to the atom I need to see if you understand this bit

http://education-portal.com/academy/less...rgy.html#lesson

This explains the mass that goes missing as energy that is used as the force to bind the nucleus together.

Now again they are avoiding discussing how energy binds something together because they are deliberately avoiding having to discuss quantum mechanics.

So just checking you understand that there is a lot of energy required to hold those protons together in a nucleus of an atom ... and I do mean a lot like atomic bomb size a lot.


Edited by Orac (11/05/13 02:11 PM)
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