Re: Another Matter,
Posted by Dogrock on Apr 09, 2002 at 21:19
Re: Another Matter, (Bill Wallace)
When you burn something you are breaking the electrical bonds between atoms, they can go and form new bonds which they do immediately, its this activity of the electrons only that causes movement which is heat. It's not seen as changing matter directly into energy because the atoms are still left intact. Not like making some of the proton or nutron disappear forever, that's why nuclear reactions is so much greater than chemical. However I'm not sure if some matter is not lost when electrons give off photons as they drop in 'orbit'. The difference when matter is converted to energy as against electron bonds being broken is so vast that the two are not considered the same.