Re: Mass and Energy Fallacy

Posted by Amaranth Rose on Mar 03, 2004 at 22:17

Re: Mass and Energy Fallacy (Bill Gill)

Hmm. So, are you saying that chemical bonds have mass?

If I burn glucose in the presence of oxygen, I get carbon dioxide and water and heat, about as follows:

C6-H12-O6 + 6 O2 ----> 6 C-O2 + 6 H2-O + ∆

where ∆ is some number of calories or kilocalories.

Every single atom that enters into the reaction is accounted for on the other side in the products. There doesn't seem to be even a quark missing, as nearly as I can tell.

So where is this missing mass, then? Where is it coming from? If all the reactants show up as products, the atoms intact, where is this mass disappearing from? I admit it's been a while since I sat through graduate Chemistry lectures, but I don't think this has changed much since Joseph Priestly's days. I'm not being sarcastic, this is the first I've heard of this idea and I'm intrigued. I just can't see it, that's all. I'd be happy to have you point it out to me. Thanks for the info.

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