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Alpha scattering
Binding energy
Relation of mass to energy
Binding energy of elements
Binding energy per nucleon

Robert Keyse, Birkenhead School
Paul Berry, MATTER Project

This module deals with the calculation of nuclear binding energies and their comparison with known values.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module you should be able to:

look up atomic masses in atomic mass units;

calculate the mass defect; and

convert the mass defect to the binding energy in MeV by use of Einstein's equation.

Assumed prior knowledge

It is assumed you have knowledge of the following concepts:

the difference between proton numbers and nucleon numbers;

the definition of atomic mass.


Materials Teaching Educational Resources
1999 MATTER Project, The University of Liverpool

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the Objective One programme for Merseyside