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To hold positively charged protons together in the very small volume of a nucleus requires very strong attractive forces because the positively charged protons repel one another strongly at such short distances. The force of attraction that holds the nucleus together is the strong nuclear force    . (The strong force is one of the four fundamental forces that are known to exist. The others are the electromagnetic force, the gravitational force, and the nuclear weak force.) This force acts between protons, between neutrons, and between protons and neutrons. It is very different from the electrostatic force that holds negatively charged electrons around a positively charged nucleus (the attraction between opposite charges). Over distances less than 10 −15 meters and within the nucleus, the strong nuclear force is much stronger than electrostatic repulsions between protons; over larger distances and outside the nucleus, it is essentially nonexistent.

Nuclear binding energy

As a simple example of the energy associated with the strong nuclear force, consider the helium atom composed of two protons, two neutrons, and two electrons. The total mass of these six subatomic particles may be calculated as:

( 2 × 1.0073 amu ) + ( 2 × 1.0087 amu ) + ( 2 × 0.00055 amu ) = 4.0331 amu protons neutrons electrons

However, mass spectrometric measurements reveal that the mass of an 2 4 He atom is 4.0026 amu, less than the combined masses of its six constituent subatomic particles. This difference between the calculated and experimentally measured masses is known as the mass defect    of the atom. In the case of helium, the mass defect indicates a “loss” in mass of 4.0331 amu – 4.0026 amu = 0.0305 amu. The loss in mass accompanying the formation of an atom from protons, neutrons, and electrons is due to the conversion of that mass into energy that is evolved as the atom forms. The nuclear binding energy    is the energy produced when the atoms’ nucleons are bound together; this is also the energy needed to break a nucleus into its constituent protons and neutrons. In comparison to chemical bond energies, nuclear binding energies are vastly greater, as we will learn in this section. Consequently, the energy changes associated with nuclear reactions are vastly greater than are those for chemical reactions.

The conversion between mass and energy is most identifiably represented by the mass-energy equivalence equation    as stated by Albert Einstein:

E = m c 2

where E is energy, m is mass of the matter being converted, and c is the speed of light in a vacuum. This equation can be used to find the amount of energy that results when matter is converted into energy. Using this mass-energy equivalence equation, the nuclear binding energy of a nucleus may be calculated from its mass defect, as demonstrated in [link] . A variety of units are commonly used for nuclear binding energies, including electron volts (eV) , with 1 eV equaling the amount of energy necessary to the move the charge of an electron across an electric potential difference of 1 volt, making 1 eV = 1.602 × 10 –19 J.

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explain law of definite proportion
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an anion is a positively charge ion
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an anion is a negatively charged ion
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And anion is a negatively charged ion which move towards the anode which is positively charged.
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hydrogen gas burned into oxygen gas which forms a polar molecule, has a defenate shape volume but not shape. at 20 degrees Celsius exists as an aqueous solution. Is a solvent that dissolves many solutes into solution. And can act as an acid or a base.
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HOW CAN ETHANOL BE PREPARED FORM CASSAVA.... (WITH EQUATION)
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by mixing
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because the boat has a large surface area and the water surface contains molecules that are attracted together by a weak force of attraction
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brief the water surface has a wall
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As it cools, olive oil slowly soldifies and froms a solid over a range of temperatures. Which best describes the solid?
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definition of a sample
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a small part or quantity intended to show what the whole is like
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What does kj stand for ? or just k. example - 371K
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kilojoules or Kelvin
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atom is anything that has weight and can occupy space
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atom is the smallest particle of an element that can neitherbe divided nor destroyed
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atom is the smallest indivisible particle of an element.
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WATS atomic structure?
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is the force of attraction that exist between two or more molecules
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Characteristic of a primary standard solution
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quantum theory
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